Tragic Helicopter Crash on Alaska's North Slope Claims No Survivors


Tragic Helicopter Crash on Alaska's North

A devastating helicopter crash on Alaska's North Slope has left no survivors, according to officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The accident occurred on Thursday night, involving a Bell 206L-4 craft operated by Maritime Helicopters, a private charter company based in Homer.


The helicopter was carrying four individuals and was reportedly on its way back to Utqiagvik from a mission, although the exact origin of the mission remains unclear.


The incident came to light when three employees from the Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey, who were conducting field work near Utqiagvik, failed to check in on Thursday night as planned.


The Alaska Department of Natural Resources promptly initiated a search and rescue effort in coordination with the North Slope Borough Department of Search and Rescue and the Alaska Department of Public Safety.


The search team made a grim discovery when they found the wreckage of the downed helicopter partially submerged in a shallow lake approximately 51 miles southwest of Utqiagvik. The NTSB has since launched an investigation into the crash, working closely with the North Slope Borough Search and Rescue team.


Maritime Helicopters lost contact with the aircraft around 7 or 8 p.m. on Thursday, as indicated by an electronic tracking system, leading to an overdue call. The North Slope Borough Search and Rescue team was alerted about the missing helicopter at around 11:20 p.m. on the same night, between the villages of Wainwright and Atqasuk.


As the investigation unfolds, authorities are in close communication with the families of those involved, providing updates on the situation. The community and the Department of Natural Resources are keeping the affected families, the pilot, and the team members in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


The helicopter crash has sent shockwaves through the region, prompting authorities to examine the possible causes of the tragic incident. The NTSB, along with other agencies, will thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading to the crash in hopes of preventing similar tragedies in the future.

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