Debris has been found in a lake in Alaska, matching the description of a helicopter that was carrying six people and was overdue. The helicopter was chartered by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and was carrying three employees from the Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey. The pilot was also on board.
The helicopter was reported overdue on Thursday night. A search and rescue team found debris in a shallow lake near Wainwright, about 50 miles south of Utqiagvik, Alaska, on Friday. The debris included helicopter parts and personal belongings.
There were no survivors expected. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
The crash is a tragedy for the families and friends of those who were on board. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.
Here are some additional details about the crash:
- The helicopter was a Bell 206L-4.
- The crash happened in a remote area of Alaska.
- The weather conditions at the time of the crash were not known.
- The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the news of the helicopter crash. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who were on board. We are working with the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the cause of the crash.”
We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.