Helicopter crashes in wilderness area east of Ketchikan

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Two people are dead after a helicopter crashed into a lake 30 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said.

The helicopter, a Roberts 44 Rotocraft, was discovered Thursday afternoon upside down in Winstanley Lakes in Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness.

The victims' identities and details about the origin and destination of the flight were unvailable.

The craft appeared to have only two people aboard, said trooper Shane Nicholson.

The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the scene and confirmed two fatalities. The bodies of the pilot and one passenger were strapped into the helicopter, which was floating upside-down

Efforts were being made Friday to recover the bodies of the two and the helicopter.

It's not yet known when the crash occurred. Nicholson said it could have happened Wednesday night or sometime Thursday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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