A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew located and rescued three survivors of a plane crash from a ridgeline landing strip in the vicinity of the Chakachatna River, in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Monday evening.
The Jayhawk crew landed, brought the three survivors aboard and transported them to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Anchorage International Airport. Both passengers and the pilot reported no injuries.
The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center notified the CG with possible, approximate location of the fixed-wing Cessna at approximately 2 p.m. Monday. The plane had been missing since Sunday afternoon.
The Jayhawk crew arrived at the assumed position and were able to detect the planes Emergency Locator Transmitter. The Jayhawk crew used direction-finding equipment to approach and then saw a flare shot by the pilot of the plane.
“This rescue was possible because of the joint effort put forth between the Coast Guard and Alaska Rescue Coordination Center and because the pilot was prepared with the necessary safety equipment,” said Lt. Joseph Plunkett, pilot aboard the Jayhawk rescue helicopter. “I can’t put enough emphasis on how crucial it is to have safety equipment whenever transiting through Alaska. Alaska is full of remote and often dangerous areas, and in this case, because the pilot was prepared, we were able to rescue the three people and bring them back safely.”