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Contact: Megan Richotte, Chief of Interpretation/Public Information Officer, (907) 717-8858
Port Alsworth, AK - At approximately 9:30 AM this morning the NPS Alaska Regional Communications Center received a call from the state-wide Rescue Coordination Center reporting a missing aircraft with an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) hit in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
Lake Clark National Park rangers responded, searching for the ELT with the National Park Service’s airplane. A Regal Aviation aircraft was found downed and burning in the Miller Creek drainage within the National Preserve. The National Park Service was not able to land at the site of the crash. Regal Aviation reports that the pilot was the sole occupant of the Cessna 206 aircraft.
The Alaska State Troopers are responding to the site with a helicopter. National Park Rangers and the Alaska State Troopers will conduct recovery operations.
The National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation.