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Photos: Alaska State Trooper helo crash kills 3

Decorated helicopter pilot Mel Nading stands in front of Helo-1.
Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers
Alaska state trooper Tage Toll, second from right, with Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell in September 2012. Toll was killed in a trooper helicopter crash on the night of March 30, 2013.
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Helicopter pilot Mel Nading operates the Alaska State Trooper helicopter Helo-1 during a Special Emergency Response Team exercise in June 2011.
Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers
Helo-1 pilot Mel Nading, one of Alaska's most decorated rescue pilots.
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Helo-1 pilot Mel Nading, one of Alaska's most decorated rescue pilots.
Courtesy Alaska State Troopers
Helo-1 pilot Mel Nading, one of Alaska's most decorated rescue pilots.
Courtesy Alaska State Troopers
Helo-1 pilot Mel Nading, one of Alaska's most decorated rescue pilots.
Courtesy Alaska State Troopers
Craig Medred

Alaska State Troopers released the names of three men who died in a helicopter crash after rescuing an injured snowmachiner 10 miles east of Talkeetna over the weekend.

They include Alaska State Trooper pilot Mel Nading, Trooper Tage Toll of Talkeetna, and Carl Ober, the 56-year-old injured snowmachiner from Talkeetna.

Nading and Toll headed out Saturday evening to rescue Ober, who reportedly was injured after crashing on his snowmachine near Larsen Lake. At about 8 p.m. Saturday, "radio communication with Helo-1 indicated that they had located the injured snowmachiner," according to a Troopers' news release Monday. "It was requested that a ground ambulance be waiting at the Sunshine Tesoro in Talkeetna to meet up with Helo-1 to transport Mr. Ober to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. Helo-1 did not make the rendezvous."

The helicopter crashed near the south end of Larsen Lake, according to Troopers. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.

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