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All Survive Big Goat Lake Plane Crash



June 19, 2017
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:22 PM, Alaska State Troopers were notified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of an airplane crash with survivors on Big Goat Lake, located approximately 25 air miles east of Ketchikan in the Misty Fjords National Monument. Both the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified. 

The pilot, Matthew B. Perron, 30 of Ketchikan was operating the DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver. It crashed into the lake during takeoff.

jpg All Survive Big Goat Lake Plane Crash

According to the photographer Dale Curtis, these people said they were on a tour from a cruise ship. There appears to be a float upside down in the water. Six people plus the pilot made it to shore with no serious injuries reported.
Curtis, the photographer, was on a tour with Misty Fjords Air and the pilot of his plane stopped to help. One other plane was there offering help also.
Photo by DALE CURTIS ©2017

Perron had a total of six passengers. Two passengers, Tim Friedrich, 40, and Catrin Fredrich, 36 are from Germany. Four passengers, Robert S. Grover, 63, Debra A. Grover, 60, Nicole D. Grover, 30, and Jonathan M. James, 36, are all from California.

The pilot and passengers were able to exit the aircraft and swim ashore. They were treated by Emergency Medical Services when they arrived in Ketchikan and five were later transported to the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. 

At approximately 3:35 PM Sunday, the Ketchikan Fire Department with mutual aid from North Tongass Fire Department and South Tongass Fire Department responded to Taquan Air's Ketchikan dock for a report of two planes returning to Ketchikan with seven passengers that were involved in the plane crash near Goat Lake in the Misty Fjords.

At approximately 4:00 PM , six passengers and the pilot arrived in Ketchikan.  The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad arrived back in Ketchikan around 5:00 PM.

Both the FAA and the NTSB were notified and with followup today.  




Source of News:

Alaska Department of Public Safety

Ketchikan Fire Department



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