Friday, November 30, 2018

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N7207A: Incident occurred November 27, 2018 - Montague Island, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 28-NOV-18
Time: 01:49:00Z
Regis#: N7207A
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a pilot and a passenger of a Cessna 172 that crashed November 27th on takeoff from southwest Montague Island.

According to Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeremy Rhodes, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the mission was opened in response to the receipt of a 406 Emergency Locator Transmitter beacon signal.

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron and an HC-130J Combat King II from the 211th Squadron launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Aboard the helicopter were pararescuemen who are highly trained personnel specializing in rescue operations.

Shortly after the ELT signal was received, it stopped broadcasting because the plane caught fire and burned. The pilot used a satellite phone to call his family who, in turn, called the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District. The Coast Guard relayed the information to the AK RCC. 

Before the aircraft burned, the survivors managed to retrieve their tent, and they set it up as shelter from the rain.

Initially, the HH-60 crew had difficulty getting to the crash site via Moose Pass due to inclement weather. Another HH-60 was launched to try a different route. The first HH-60 refueled in Seward before successfully navigating along the Kenai Peninsula coastline to the crash site. The helicopter landed and the pararescuemen rescued the individuals. The second HH-60 returned to JBER shortly after launch.

The HC-130 provided mission control and communications relay between the helicopter and the AK RCC.

The pilot and passenger were flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center’s rooftop helipad and released to hospital personnel.

Alaska Air National Guard Maj. Andrew Williams, AK RCC deputy director, said it was a credit to the pilot he had two means of notifying authorities after the crash: the plane’s onboard ELT and his satellite phone.

Williams stressed the importance of registering ELTs to ensure officials have the most up-to-date information.

“Registering is key because contact information is key,” Williams said. “It helps us identify the person and the aircraft as well as track down the flight plan.”

Original article can be found here ➤

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.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

daveyl123 said...

I thought Alaskan downed pilots just lassoed a Polar Bear and rode them to safety.