Trooper helicopter crashes during rescue

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska State Trooper helicopter with three people on board has crashed during a mission to rescue a stranded snowmobiler.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says the crash site was spotted Sunday and no survivors have been found, but she could not immediately confirm that the three on board were killed.

Peters says the trooper helicopter was on a mission Saturday night to pick up a snowmobiler stranded near Larson Lake east of Talkeetna (tal-KEET-nah), in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The helicopter picked up a trooper and began a search, spotting the snowmobile and landing just before 10 p.m. It took off with the snowmobiler and was supposed to meet medics near Talkeetna but did not arrive.

 

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