Four rescued after Cook Inlet plane crash

Alaska State Troopers rescued four people Sunday evening after their small plane crashed into the Cook Inlet off the coast of Kalgin Island.

 

No one was injured. All four passengers managed to evacuate the plane and climbed atop the wreckage to wait for help, according to Trooper Spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Names were not immediately released.

A helicopter manned by a sole trooper happened to be in the vicinity at the time of the crash and flew over to the area and located the victims. Peters said one of the victims called to report the crash.

The trooper deployed a survival raft from the helicopter. The four people climbed into the raft and waited until a skiff arrived to take them to safety.

Peters said it was "sheer luck" that the helicopter happened to be near the crash.

"If the trooper hadn't been in the area," she said, "help would have been more than an hour away."

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

 

 

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