ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Five sheep hunters were rescued by Alaska Air National Guard airmen Monday after a plane shuttling them out of the field crashed in the wilderness near Pingston Creek, roughly 90 miles east of McGrath.
According to the Alaska National Guard, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received a satellite phone call from the pilot of the two-seat PA-18 Super Cub after it crashed west of the Alaska Range.
The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday said the plane was taking off from a remote site next to a shallow stream Monday morning with a pilot and one hunter on board. A strong gust of wind pushed the plane into the stream, causing substantial damage.
The pilot suffered minor injuries. The passenger wasn't injured.
After receiving the call, AKRCC tasked airmen from the Air Guard's 210th, 211th, and 212th Rescue Squadrons with the rescue. The team deployed from JBER in an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and an HC-130J fixed-wing support aircraft.
The rescue team located the crash and rescued all five hunters in the party.
Editor's Note: This story was previously unclear that only two people were in the plane. The five hunters were being shuttled back and forth with the two-seater plane, and there were only two people on board at the time of the crash.