2 men rescued from Montague Island after plane crash
Two injured men were rescued Tuesday night after their small plane crashed and began to burn on the southwest corner of Montague Island.
The Cessna 172 went down shortly after takeoff, according to Alaska Air National Guard officials. After the crash, the men were able to hunker down in a tent with some supplies and wait for help to arrive.
"The plane's [emergency locator transmitter] went off after it crashed," said David Bedard, a spokesman for the Guard's 176th Wing. "They also had a satellite phone and were able to call family members for help."
Relatives of the men called the U.S. Coast Guard, which then asked the Guard for help conducting the rescue.
"It's a lot of coordination between the different units," said Tech. Sgt. Robin O'Brien, with the Guard's 210th Rescue Squadron. "The 210th is the helicopter unit, the 211th is the HC-130 unit and the 212th is the pararescue unit and we all work together to make it happen."
An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was able to maneuver through poor weather in Moose Path and along the coast to find the stranded men and land on the island.
"We hadn't had a call in about four weeks," O'Brien said. "When a alert comes in, we always have to be ready."
The two men were taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Bedard said.
A second Pave Hawk helicopter was also dispatched, but quickly recalled after it was notified the first crew was able to rescue the men.
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