Helicopter crashes in Alaska,The Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Army National Guard, and Alaska Mountain Rescue Group will attempt recovery efforts at the site.A helicopter crashed in the area of Knik Glacier killing five and leaving one in serious but stable condition.
A contracted helicopter carrying guides and guests from a lodge on a heli-skiing trip in Alaska’s backcountry crashed, killing the pilot and four others, authorities said.
The only other person onboard was in serious condition but stable Sunday at an Anchorage hospital, troopers said.
Federal Aviation Administration says the Eurocopter AS50 crashed around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
A dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers says they received a report of an overdue helicopter and the location of possible crash debris.
A team from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center was dispatched just after 10 p.m.
The team found five occupants dead and a sole survivor, who was transported to a hospital.
The five killed in the Saturday accident were identified as Gregory Harms, 52, of Colorado; Petr Kellner, 56, and Benjamin Larochaix, 50, both of the Czech Republic, and two Alaskans, Sean McMannany, 38, of Girdwood, and the pilot, Zachary Russel, 33, of Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday. Hometowns were not immediately available for the non-Alaskans.
The five passengers included three guests and two guides from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, said company spokesperson Mary Ann Pruitt.