Pilot & Passenger Survive Plane Crash At Ptarmigan Lake In Wrangell-St. Elias

Plane Crash Near Ptarmigan Lake in    Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve   Map, National Park Service    Copper Center, AK —At ap...

Plane Crash Near Ptarmigan Lake in  
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve 

Map, National Park Service  

Copper Center, AK—At approximately 3:50 p.m. on August 7, 2022, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) was notified of a plane crash near Ptarmigan Lake in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve after a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) was activated belonging to a Cessna 172.  

The pilot, Christopher Gates, from Chugiak, Alaska was attempting to take off from a mesa above Ptarmigan Lake when he experienced turbulent winds causing the left wing of the plane to stall and contact the ground.  The wing’s contact with the ground in combination with the wind caused the plane to roll and land approximately two hundred yards downslope from the top of the mesa.  

Alaska State Troopers and NPS dispatched aircraft to the scene and verified that the pilot and passenger (a minor) were ambulatory but determined that a helicopter rescue was needed.  

The Alaska Air National Guard at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK responded by dispatching a HH-60G Black Hawk Helicopter to the site around 7:32 p.m.  The uninjured pilot and passenger were extracted at approximately 10:15 p.m. and transported to the Palmer Airport. 



BREAKING 6864746500127184355

Click Here For Front Page

Too Far North

Too Far North

Check Road Conditions Here

Check Road Conditions Here
Click On 511 Site


Read The Bearfoot Guide To Roadside Alaska

Today's Top Journal Stories

Search For Somebody Below

See Every Single Story

The Journal Is Copyrighted Material

The Journal Is Copyrighted Material
All rights reserved. Contact us at 907-320-1145 or write: Linda.ncountry@gci.net