I fly over this glacier several times a week and it is nothing but big crevasses. Getting a 206 on wheels to land in one piece was pretty darn good.
From the Homer News
No one injured in forced plane landing on Grewingk Glacier
BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
Three German passengers and a Homer pilot walked away from an emergency landing on Grewingk Glacier about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A Cessna 206 operated by Homer Air lost power about 5,000 feet and glided to a safe landing on the glacier, said Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers. Grewingk Glacier is about 10 miles east of Homer and in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Kachemak Bay State Park.
"As far as emergency landings go, it was pretty good," Peters said.
Pilot James Christensen "made an excellent emergency landing," said Homer Air chief pilot Zack Tappan. "It was an excellent pilot and emergency training that got them down safely in an extremely difficult spot."
A Maritime Helicopters helicopter picked up the pilot and passengers shortly after the landing and took them to South Peninsula Hospital for evaluation. A Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technician went in the helicopter to the scene to treat the victims. Tappan said the passengers and pilot had no injuries and were released.
The Cessna 206 landed on its wheels, but after slowing almost to a complete stop, flipped over when its nose hit a crevasse, Peters said. Tappan said the plane flipped after everyone got out when the plane slid into a small crevasse and the nose wheel caught.
Alaska State Troopers interviewed the passengers and pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board also were notified and the NTSB is investigating. Tappan said he did not know why the Cessna 206 lost power. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation also was notified. Tappan said arrangements were being made Friday to recover the plane.