Monday, July 29, 2013

Accidental Aircraft Emergency Locator Beacon Activation Spurs Search

Numerous aircraft searched for a 1956 Piper PA-18A aircraft registered to William Sims last week after an Emergency Locator Beacon was detected.

Alaska State Troopers were notified of the ELT at  about 3:30 pm on Thursday and began an active search for the aircraft with Iliamna Air Taxi's assistance.

The search for the aircraft would lead them to a remote landing strip just northwest of Lower Tazimna Lake near Iliamna.

When located, the aircraft showed no sign of crashing, and no one was seen at or near the aircraft.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers would later find out from Sims that he had no idea that the locator beacon had been activated on the aircraft.