Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Juneau FSDO-05
AIRCRAFT, JAVRON REPLICA PA18, WITH FLOATS, ON LANDING ON THE LAKE, FLIPPED OVER, LAKE JORDAN, KETCHIKAN, ALASKA.
The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad and a Temsco Helicopter responded to the scene of a float plane crash in the Ketchikan area after Alaska State Troopers received multiple calls shortly after 2 pm on Tuesday reporting the incident.
Callers reported the float plane accident 20 miles to the north of Ketchikan at Jordan Lake. When arriving at the area, rescuers found that the pilot, identified as 58-year-old Billy Rusk of Poplar Grove, “was cold and wet, but otherwise unhurt,” the trooper dispatch reported.
Rusk was transported from the lake to nearby Heckman cabin, on Heckman Lake, a more accessible location, “where KVRS aircraft and medics were standing by.” The KVRS aircraft transported Rusk to Ketchikan, where he refused further transport to the hospital and reported no injuries.
The trooper dispatch reports that Rusk’s aircraft remains at the lake and will be retrieved later by Rusk.
The National Transportation Safety Board was notified of the incident.
Original article can be found here: http://alaska-native-news.com
At about 2:19 p.m., multiple people reported to Alaska State Troopers that a float plane had crashed into Jordan Lake, 20 miles north of Ketchikan.
"Preliminary investigation revealed that the pilot and sole occupant Billy Rusk, age 58, from Poplar Grove, IL was not injured," troopers wrote.
The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad and a Temsco helicopter responded to the lake and rescued the pilot who was not injured in the crash.
"The pilot was transported to nearby Heckman cabin where KVRS aircraft and medics were standing by," troopers wrote. "KVRS transported the pilot to Ketchikan where he refused transport to the hospital and reported no injuries."
The plane remains in the lake and will be recovered by the owner.
The National Transportation Safety Board was notified of the crash.
Original article can be found here: http://www.ktuu.com