Air ambulance carrying 3 crashes at Unalaska airport

An air ambulance crashed while taking off at Unalaska’s Tom Madsen Airport, municipal officials said Thursday, Jan. 16.

A LifeMed medevac aircraft with three people crashed about 8 a.m. after taking off from the airport, acting city manager Marjie Veeder said in a news release.

The aircraft ended up in the ocean between the end of the runway and Hog Island in Unalaska Bay.

The three people on board were picked up and taken to the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Clinic, Veeder said. There was no immediate word on the nature of their injuries

Unalaska is home to Dutch Harbor, the largest fishing port in the nation by volume of seafood landed.

The crash is the second at the airport in three months.


A commuter airplane carrying 42 people, including the Cordova Jr./Sr. High School swim team, went off the runway Oct. 18 and came to a rest just short of the Bering Sea. One man was killed in the crash.

The crash occurred as the pilot made a second attempt to land on the runway. Parts of a propeller blade pierced the cabin.