2 hospitalized in plane crash at Kukalek Lake, officials say

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 1:38 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 10:58 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A plane with four people on board crashed and overturned in Kukalek Lake after taking off from a small pond in Katmai National Park and Preserve on Saturday evening, according to Alaska Air National Guard.

Two people on board were sent to an Anchorage hospital for “medical treatment,” said Amber Kraft, who works with the park, in a press release, while the other two were not reported to have been injured.

According to the release, the park was notified around 5 p.m. that day about a plane crash involving a Cessna 206 on floats, which is operated by Branch River Air Service. The plane had taken off from a small unnamed pond about a mile south of Kukalek Lake.

Following the crash, the National Guard said the pilot triggered an emergency transmitter, and good Samaritans close by transported the group to King Salmon.

“Because the aircraft had a current registration on the ELT, we were able to respond quickly to provide a timely medevac,” said Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. Katelyn Magnuson.

Guardsmen from the 176th Wing flew an HC-130J Combat King II to their location in King Salmon with pararescue airmen from the 212th Rescue Squadron who are trained paramedics, the National Guard said. The airmen assessed the two individual’s injuries and transported them to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where they were handed to the Anchorage Fire Department.

As of Tuesday morning, there has been no update on the two injured people.

This is a developing story. Check in for updates.

Editor’s note: Additional information was included from the Alaska Air National Guard.

Correction: The National Park Service issued a correction about the number of people injured by the plane crash.

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