ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two people who crashed in a plane near Tyonek Saturday evening are safe following an Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue, according to a press release from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
A Good Samaritan pilot spotted the downed aircraft and relayed the information to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center. AKRCC opened the mission following that report, launching an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
The rescue helicopter detected the downed plane’s emergency 406 MHz locator transmitter while en route to the crash.
The rescue team, called a Guardian Angel team, consisted of a pararescueman and a combat rescue officer specializing in high-risk rescue missions.
The team rescued the two injured individuals and flew them to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
The 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were awarded two saves for this mission.