Alaska News

No injuries reported in crash of small plane near Mt. Susitna

The Alaska Air National Guard rescued three people from the remote site of a plane crash north of Mount Susitna late Saturday. No injuries were reported.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center was notified that an emergency locator beacon had been activated in the area of Beluga Mountain, according to a release from the Air National Guard.

The coordination center used beacon registration information to determine that the emergency signal was linked to a Piper Super Cub that had taken off from Anchorage on a trip to the Beluga Mountain area.

An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter staffed by a team from the 212th Rescue Squadron from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson searched for the plane and quickly found the occupants 1.2 miles from the crash site.

The three people were taken to an Anchorage hospital but were released "in good condition" with no injuries, according to the news release.

As of Sunday evening there was no word as to what caused the plane crash or the condition of the aircraft, said Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board's Anchorage office.

Michelle Theriault Boots

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