Thursday, May 23, 2013
Chopper Crashes Amid Knik Glacier Rescue
An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk responding to an aircraft mishap on Knik Glacier this afternoon is reported to be heavily damaged when it slid and rolled over on Knik Glacier
Original article posted Aug. 10, 2010
Update: 8:37 p.m.
CAMP DENALI, Alaska- The Alaska Air National Guard is currently transporting three of the five individuals involved in an aircraft mishap on Knik Glacier Sunday to the Palmer airport.
According to the 11th Rescue Coordination Center, an Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter was able to land on the glacier and rescue three of the plane crash victims early this evening.
A second HH-60 Pave Hawk is also being dispatched from Kulis Air National Guard Base and is en-route to the crash site at the 8500 foot level of the glacier in an attempt to rescue the rest of the group.
Weight considerations at that elevation level we're a concern and led to only three of the five rescued. The Guard did however, drop additional supplies that will sustain the remaining individuals for a week if needed.
There are currently nine people still on the glacier, to include seven Alaska National Guardsmen and two of the original party involved in the plane crash.
An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk responding to an aircraft mishap on Knik Glacier this afternoon is reported to be heavily damaged when it slid and rolled over on Knik Glacier.
The Black Hawk had three crew members onboard and they are reported to be uninjured at this time.
The Soldiers were attempting to rescue five individuals involved in an aircraft mishap that occurred on Knik Glacier Sunday.
The 11th Rescue Coordination Center has dispatched a HH-60 Pave Hawk and HC-130 Hercules to the scene to assist in recovery efforts.
The aircraft accident is currently under investigation.