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Helicopter crashes in Hatcher Pass during training flight

By KTVA CBS 11 News 3:37 PM December 18, 2016

Last Updated at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18

Authorities with the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the State Park Rangers responded to the report of a downed helicopter Sunday in the Hatcher Pass area.

Crews were notified of the incident around shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, according to a release from troopers.

The Robinson R22 helicopter was reported to have two people on board when it crashed in the area of Arkos Ridge. The two on board were conducting a training landing when the crash occurred, the release states.

In an email, AST spokesperson Megan Peters said there were no fatalities or serious injuries reported and that the two were “transported to be checked out.”

The pilot has been identified as 27-year-old John Weese of Palmer.

AST prepared to respond to the scene but were called off when the Wasilla company that operates the helicopter sent another helicopter to retrieve the pilot and trainee.

The NTSB has reached out to the company, but as of 3:20 p.m. Sunday had not heard back. Johnson said the NTSB will wait to speak with the pilot before deciding whether or not to head to the site where the helicopter went down.

This is a developing story; please check back for details.

 

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