4 injured in plane crash south of Iliamna

Rescue personnel with the Alaska Air National Guard responded to a plane crash south of Iliamna Monday evening that left four people injured, an official said.

According to Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, director of public affairs with the Alaska National Guard, the National Park Service contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center in Anchorage to request assistance responding to the crash, which occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Monday.

A DeHavilland Beaver on floats belonging to Rapids Camp Lodge in King Salmon attempted to take off from a body of water near Mirror Lake, south of Iliamna, but "did not get airborne," Olmstead said in an email.

Four out of the seven people in the plane at the time of the crash were injured, she said.

"Three of the injured appear to have moderate to severe back pain, and the fourth injured has a concussion," Olmstead wrote.

An HC-130 aircraft from the 211th Rescue Squadron and an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron, each with a team of pararescuemen aboard, arrived at the crash site just after 8 p.m.

The four injured occupants of the plane were taken to Iliamna by the helicopter and transferred to to the HC-130, which was on its way to Anchorage shortly after 9:30 p.m. Pararescuemen were administering medical care during the flight, Olmstead said.

Clint Johnson, National Transportation Safety Board Alaska chief, said Monday evening that the agency had been notified of the crash and was awaiting additional information.