Missing Aniak pilot found

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A pilot whose plane went down in a remote area near Aniak on Friday was found alive and well after he walked away from the wreckage and was spotted by searchers.

Alaska State Troopers were notified around 9 a.m. Friday by Hageland Aviation that one of its pilots, Dennis Giese, 32, of Aniak, was overdue in his private Taylor Craft plane. Giese reportedly had been scouting hunting sites.

About an hour later, the aircraft was discovered upside down in a remote area 20 to 30 miles from Crooked Creek, troopers said.

An Air National Guard helicopter from Bethel landed at the crash site.

''Other than a spent flare at the scene there was no trace of the pilot and there was no evidence at the scene that suggested that he had sustained any injuries,'' troopers said.

Details about where Giese was found were not immediately available, but Maj. Nathan Braspenninckx at the Rescue Coordination Center at Fort Richardson said a trooper airplane on floats found the pilot and transported him back to Aniak.

Aniak is about 90 miles northwest of Bethel.

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