Alaska State Troopers say a small plane crashed on the west side of Cook Inlet Thursday morning, with two injured occupants flown to Soldotna for treatment.
According to AST spokesman Tim DeSpain, a helicopter from the 11th Air Force’s Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was sent to the scene. Troopers were informed of the crash shortly before noon, but didn't immediately have further information on the plane that crashed.
“It’s across the inlet from Nikiski,” DeSpain said. “It sounds like from the air they could see two people.”
Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska chief, confirmed that the plane -- a Piper PA-18 Super Cub with two occupants on board -- crashed at an airstrip on the west side of Cook Inlet at about noon Thursday.
"This accident happened on landing," Johnson said. "Initial, preliminary information is that the pilot experienced a loss of engine power and the airplane crashed shortly after that."
Johnson said both of the plane's occupants were injured in the crash.
"One was seriously injured, and one had injuries considered minor," Johnson said.
Central Emergency Services spokesman Brad Nelson said medics were alerted that two patients from the crash were headed to Central Peninsula Hospital. A Channel 2 viewer sent a photo of the patients being transferred to medics from an arriving helicopter.
“They are bringing two victims to the Soldotna hospital,” Nelson said. “Our crews are going to meet them there.”
Johnson said NTSB investigator Chris Shaver has been assigned to the crash