Alaska Air National Guard rescues 2 on Montague Island
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Air National Guard rescued two men who crashed in a small airplane on Montague Island.
Anchorage television station KTVA reports the men crashed shortly after takeoff in a Cessna 172 on the island’s southwest corner and were picked up Tuesday night.
The men were able to grab a tent and supplies before the airplane burned.
Air Guard spokesman David Bedard says the plane’s emergency locator transmitter went off after the crash. The men also carried a satellite phone and called family members.
A Pave Hawk helicopter from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flew through poor weather in Moose Path to find the stranded men. They were taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center.
The south end of Montague Island is about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Seward.
Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com