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Pilot uninjured in plane crash near Ketchikan


May 11, 2016
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Tuesday afternoon, the Alaska State Troopers received multiple phone calls of a float plane accident at Jordan Lake which is 20 miles North of Ketchikan.

Preliminary investigation by the AST revealed that the pilot and sole occupant Billy Rusk, age 58, from Poplar Grove, Illinois was not injured.

Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS), and a Temsco Helicopter responded to Jordan Lake and recovered the pilot who was wet and cold but otherwise unhurt.

jpg Pilot uninjured in plane crash near Ketchikan

Jordan and Heckman Lakes
Photo courtesy Google Maps

The pilot was transported to nearby Heckman cabin where the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad aircraft and medics were standing by. Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad transported Rusk to Ketchikan where he refused transport to the local hospital and Rusk reported no injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board was been notified of the incident; however, no NTSB personnel were sent to Ketchikan because the pilot was not injured according the Alaska Dispatch News. The aircraft remains at Jordan Lake and will be recovered by the owner possibly by Thursday.

No information is available on the cause of the crash. It has yet to be determined by the NTSB if this qualifies as an accident.

The Alaska State Troopers reported receiving phone calls of the accident at 2:19 PM Tuesday.


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Public Safety


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