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Emergency Signal Leads Coast Guard to Pilot, Wrecked Aircraft


June 19, 2007

The Coast Guard transported a pilot with minor injuries to Homer, Alaska Friday after his single engine aircraft ran off a runway.

At around 11 a.m., the Coast Guard received a signal from an aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter in the vicinity of Perl Island, Alaska. A Coast Guard C-130 airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak was diverted to investigate and located a plane on the island near a group of cabins. There were no signs of distress.

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A Coast Guard HH-60 Jawhawk crewmember from Air Station Kodiak looks onto the damaged single engine aircraft after responding to an Emergency Locator Transmitter signal originating from Perl Island, Alaska Friday. The pilot was transported to Homer, Alaska with minor injuries. ( Official U.S. Coast Guard photo )

At 11:54 a.m., an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Kodiak to investigate the source of the emergency signal.

The crew of the Jayhawk located the 76-year-old pilot and disabled the aircraft's transmitter. The Homer native was released with only minor cuts and scrapes sustained when his plane veered off the runway and struck a tree. The pilot was on a resupply run to his cabin when the accident occurred.



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