Pilot survives plane crash on Montague Island

Posted: Friday, August 18, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man was returned to Cordova after escaping injuries in the crash of his single-engine plane on Montague Island in Prince William Sound.

The Coast Guard said one of its helicopter crews found Jerry Hepler in good condition early Thursday by a dirt airstrip near Macleod Harbor.

Hepler's plane had struck a tree while on approach to the airstrip the previous evening. The collision caused the plane to cartwheel about 25 feet off the runway, the Coast Guard said.

Hepler tried signaling other planes in the area, but didn't get a response.

He waited until morning to activate the Emergency Location Transmitter on his plane so rescuers wouldn't launch a search in the darkness, the Coast Guard said.

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