No major injuries after two aircraft suffer midair collision over Katmai

On Monday afternoon an airplane and a helicopter suffered a midair collision while flying within Katmai National Park and Preserve.

No major injuries were reported, and none of the seven people on board the small plane were injured, according to an announcement from the national park.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday a Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV helicopter (N193AL) and a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk I (N97EL) collided midair. The helicopter was about 800 feet above the ground during the time of the collision.

The Beaver, a float-equipped small plane, had minor damage to its floats, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The Beaver is registered to the Enchanted Lake Lodge in nearby King Salmon.

The incident occurred in the national park north of Lake Coville, and near the American Creek drainage. The park spans around 4.1 million acres in southwestern Alaska.

Both pilots were able to make emergency landings – the Beaver’s pilot making an emergency landing in the water.

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The helicopter pilot was able to walk away from his landing site, however he was evacuated to King Salmon before being transported to Anchorage for medical assessment for his minor injuries. The pilot was the only person on board the helicopter at the time.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry the helicopter is registered to Blade Leasing LLC. The National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation, and plans to recover aircrafts are still ongoing. As of yet the cause of the collision has not been made public.

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