National Guard rescues two from plane crash in Southwest Alaska

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2000

DILLINGHAM (AP) -- The Alaska National Guard on Thursday rescued two people from the site of a plane crash in Southwest Alaska.

A Piper Supercub bound from Naknek to Bethel crashed Wednesday about 75 miles northwest of Dillingham near Wood Tikchik State Park.

The two people on board sustained minor injuries, but told rescuers they didn't think they needed medical attention.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the pilot as Mark McGee. The passenger was not identified.

An Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter picked up McGee and the passenger at about 10:30 a.m. and took them to Bethel.

The plane was reported overdue Wednesday and a search began late in the day. The passenger and pilot were located early Thursday after they managed to contact a high-flying Federal Express jet on their radio.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

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