Southeast Alaska park sees second air accident in a week
A second pilot has been rescued from an aircraft accident this week in Southeast Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.
Park officials received word of a Friday incident at about 1 p.m., in front of the Grand Pacific Glacier near the head of Glacier Bay’s Tarr Inlet, via a radio call relayed by the cruise ship Island Princess. Responding rangers spoke with the pilot, Thorsten Kampe of Germany.
“Kampe reported landing due to an apparent engine malfunction,” park officials wrote. “The nose of the plane subsequently buried, breaking the propeller as he taxied through soft sand.”
A National Park Service boat took Kampe, who was unhurt, to Bartlett Cove. Plans were being made Friday to salvage the small plane using a helicopter.
A Wednesday crash west of Gustavus, in which a plane flipped into the park’s Crillon Lake, left a 34-year-old pilot with “minimal injuries” according to park staff. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew picked the man up, after he swam to shore and started a fire while he awaited rescue.
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