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Pilot injured when Super Cub crashes

MYSTIC PASS -- An injured pilot and his passenger were rescued by the Alaska Air National Guard Wednesday after the pilot's aircraft crashed while landing in the Alaska Range.

The pilot was attempting to pick up his passenger in Mystic Pass near Surprise Glacier west of Talkeetna, according to a release from the Guard.

He was flying a two-seater Piper PA-18 Super Cub, said Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot was able to call his wife via satellite phone, the release said. She contacted Alaska State Troopers.

The Alaska Air National Guard launched an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from Eielson Air Force Base and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The pilot, who had a fractured pelvis, was hoisted onto the HH-60 helicopter with the help of pararescuers. His passenger, who had been waiting for the plane's arrival when it crashed, was also picked up. The passenger reported no injuries.

Both were transported to a hospital in Fairbanks.

Investigators have not yet released the name of the pilot or passenger.

Anchorage Daily News /