7 survive plane crash on Lake Hood

2 seriously injured in charter plane headed to Katmai National Park and Preserve
Six people escaped a float plane crash Tuesday morning on Lake Hood, with two seriously injured.
Six people escaped a float plane crash Tuesday morning on Lake Hood, with two seriously injured.(Peggy McCormack/Alaska's News Source)
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 11:38 AM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 4:40 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Seven people escaped a float plane crash Tuesday morning on Lake Hood.

According to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police and Fire, six passengers and the pilot were aboard the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver when it crashed on takeoff from Lake Hood, one of the world’s busiest seaplane bases, at 9:18 a.m.

The chartered flight, operated by Regal Air, was reportedly headed to Katmai National Park and Preserve. National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Clint Johnson described the party as “visitors” to the state.

The pilot told airport police that a strong crosswind caused the right wing to rise after takeoff.

“While the pilot attempted to make corrections, the plane crashed in the water adjacent to the commercial finger of Lake Hood Seaplane Base, approximately 10 feet from the shoreline,” airport police wrote in a news release.

All seven people on board the aircraft were taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, according to airport police.

Johnson told Alaska’s News source two people had serious injuries from the crash.

The NTSB is investigating the crash.

Multiple airport police and fire units, including a rescue boat, responded to the scene. Anchorage Fire Department units also responded to provide mutual aid, giving primary EMS care and patient transport.

Airport Police and Fire Chief Aaron Danielson credited good Samaritans with helping the victims immediately after the crash.

“The Airport Police and Fire would like to thank several good Samaritans that witnessed the crash and rendered immediate aid to the victims,” Danielson said in the release. “We are certain their quick actions to help the victims from the water assisted with the quick triage and medical care before they were transported for further medical aid.”

Correction: This story has been corrected to say that seven people were onboard the plane. The NTSB initially told Alaska’s News Source there were six people on the plane.

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