Friday, November 2, 2018

Piper PA-12, N3227M: Accident occurred November 01, 2018 near Willow Airport (PAUO), Alaska

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

Force landed in river due to unknown circumstances.

Date: 02-NOV-18
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N3227M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
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 and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a pilot of a Piper PA-12 November 1st on a sandbar of the Susitna River parallel to Mile 79 of the Parks Highway after the plane crashed.

According to Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeremy Rhodes, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the mission was opened after a pilot of another aircraft spotted the wreckage and called in its location to local authorities. The Alaska State Troopers contacted the AK RCC.

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th RQS launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Aboard the helicopter were two highly trained 212th RQS pararescuemen who specialize in rescue operations.

According to Rhodes, the HH-60 aircrew found the wreckage using the coordinates provided by the pilot who spotted the downed PA-12.

According to Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cody Inman, a 212th RQS pararescueman who participated in the mission, the HH-60 hoisted the pararescuemen onto the sandbar at an altitude of 120 feet to avoid excessive rotor wash. They then used crash axes to extricate the pilot, listed in critical condition, from the wreckage.

The pararescuemen packaged the pilot on a Stokes litter and fitted a cervical collar.

The injured pilot was flown to the Providence Alaska Medical Center for further care. During the flight, AK RCC relayed the condition of the injured pilot to Providence to ensure medical providers were ready to give effective care.

Original article can be found here ➤

Rescue crews have pulled a pilot from a crash site between two branches of the Susitna River. He was flown to Providence Hospital according to Air Guard spokesman David Bedard.

The pararescuemen that cut him from the plane said at the time they believed he was in critical condition. They put a neck brace on him and hoisted him into a plane on a litter.

"All we know right now, is the plane took off from Willow airport, tried to turn around and return and didn't make it," said Ken Barkley, Fire Deputy Director with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough emergency services department. 

The type of airplane is unknown at this time. Barkley believes the pilot was the only person on board and may be trapped in the aircraft. Barkley says the pilot's friend called 911 and the borough began sending rescue crews to mile 79 of the Parks Highway.

The Willow Fire Department, dive team and the rescue coordination center are attempting a rescue. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has also launched a Pave Hawk helicopter with paratroopers with 210th Rescue Squadron, according to David Bedard, a public affairs representative with the 176th wing at JBER.

According to Bedard, another plane spotted the wreckage and called 911. Bedard said the plane is believed to be a Piper PA-12.

Original article can be found here ➤

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