Pilot killed in floatplane crash

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

DILLINGHAM (AP) -- One person died and two others were injured when a floatplane flipped after landing on a lake Tuesday afternoon in Wood-Tikchik State Park in Southwest Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said.

They were withholding the name of the pilot until relatives could be notified.

Steven Leo and Wayne Lacy Sr. survived the crash with minor injuries, troopers said. Their ages and hometowns were unavailable.

The crash occurred about 4:15 p.m. as a Magnum Beaver owned by general Communications Inc.. landed in Lake Nerka near the head of the Agulawok River, troopers reported.

The plane's landing gear apparently was extended through the floats, and the aircraft flipped onto its back, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Rescuers who piled into several boats at nearby Woodriver Lodge were able to free the two survivors, troopers said.

Troopers, a park ranger and a diver who was flown to the lake also helped in the search-and-rescue efforts.

The victim's body was scheduled to be taken to Anchorage for an autopsy, according to troopers.

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