Three rescued after helicopter iced on Alaska volcano (Update)

Two researchers and their pilot have been rescued from a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters say the rescue came at about 5 p.m. on Friday.

None of the three people was injured, identified as pilot Sam Egli, USGS geophysicist John Paskievitch and University of Alaska-Fairbanks researcher Taryn Lopez.

Peters said the helicopter remains on Mount Mageik (ma-GEEK'), about 280 miles southwest of Anchorage at Katmai National Park and Preserve.

The three people stranded were well-equipped with survival gear and food. They remained in the helicopter until they were rescued.

The researchers were working on recovering short-term volcano-monitoring equipment before they were caught in the freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening.

Explore further

Remote Alaska volcano emits lava flow, ash plume

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Three rescued after helicopter iced on Alaska volcano (Update) (2013, September 7) retrieved 16 October 2019 from
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments

Sep 07, 2013
Yeahhhhhh and a picture? Or a link to the webcam?

Sep 07, 2013
This is the aircraft equivalent of "bogged on back woods trail".

Perhaps if it could have been written as "10 million 10 kilogram Alien Brain Eating Space Bees, were discovered entering earths atmosphere through a hole in the ozone layer, downing a helicopter as they hit it's blades and wind screen with the weight of the bodies pushing the aircraft down - stopping it from taking off."

While barefaced bullshit, it's interesting bare faced bullshit.

Certainly much better than the "Woman breaks shoelace" piece.

Sep 07, 2013
Or a link to the webcam?

It might be a bit more important to have these guys look at the feed than millions of interenet voyeurs hogging the bandwith.

Sep 07, 2013
Very bad luck for them. I don't know how they're going to get out of this one.

Sep 09, 2013
They could take off all their clothes and huddle inside the volcano, and make hundreds of fine ropes from all their clothing, and then lasso lots of the Alien Brain Eating Space Bees, who after finding out how cold it is there, head to the tropics for warmth - and the travellers could eat some of the Alien Brain Eating Space Bees flying in the swarm around them.

They taste like chicken you know.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more