Rescuers have saved the lives of two people who were injured in a plane crash near Tyonek on Saturday, according to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson officials. 

A good Samaritan pilot who was in the area saw the plane crash and called the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, according to a release from Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs. Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th and 212th Rescue Squadron responded to the crash site after being alerted by RCC's Anchorage center. 

"An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson," officials wrote. "Also aboard the helicopter was a Guardian Angel team from the 212th Rescue Squadron."

While crews were en route, the downed plane's emergency locator transmitter was detected. 

The helicopter flew to the location of the downed aircraft, rescued the two people inside and flew them to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. 

The 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded two saves.

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