3 rescued after helicopter iced on Alaska volcano
ALASKA - Two researchers and their pilot have been rescued from a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter.
Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters say the rescue came at about 5 p.m. on Friday.
None of the three people was injured, identified as pilot Sam Egli, USGS geophysicist John Paskievitch and University of Alaska-Fairbanks researcher Taryn Lopez.
Peters said the helicopter remains on Mount Mageik, about 280 miles southwest of Anchorage at Katmai National Park and Preserve.
The three people stranded were well-equipped with survival gear and food. They remained in the helicopter until they were rescued.
The researchers were working on recovering short-term volcano-monitoring equipment before they were caught in the freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening.