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Snowmachiner killed in avalanche near Nelchina Glacier

A snowmachiner was killed Saturday in an avalanche near Nelchina Glacier in the Chugach Mountains, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers in Glennallen responded at about 12:50 p.m. to an avalanche near the glacier, south of the Eureka Lodge.

"Information was received that two (people) on snowmachine were caught in an avalanche and were unaccounted for," troopers wrote.

Troopers responded by snowmachine and later by helicopter to reach the scene. The body of one of the snowmachiners was recovered by helicopter, troopers wrote in the dispatch. The person was identified in the dispatch only as a male.

No one else needed medical attention, troopers said.

Little other information was immediately available. Troopers spokesman Timothy DeSpain did not immediately respond to an email seeking further details.

The victim's name is being withheld until family members can be contacted.

Devin Kelly

Devin Kelly was an ADN staff reporter.