Pilot killed in floatplane crash

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

DILLINGHAM (AP) -- An Anchorage man died and two other men were injured when a floatplane flipped while landing on a lake Tuesday afternoon in Wood-Tikchik State Park in southwestern Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said.

Charles A. Nickerson, 63, the pilot, was killed in the crash.

Steven Leo, 31, of Anchorage and Wayne Lacy Sr., 59, of Chehalis, Wash., survived the crash with minor injuries, troopers said. They worked at a nearby lodge.

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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