2 small planes rescued after emergency landing at Susitna river mouth


The Alaska Air National Guard said two people were rescued and taken to hospital after the plane made an emergency landing at the mouth of the Susitna River on Friday.

According to a friend who contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center after receiving a call from the pilot, a man flying the Piper PA-18 Super Cub from Wasilla experienced an engine failure and decided to make an emergency landing.

The Superintendent of the Rescue Coordination Center, Senior Master Sgt. Ivan Budd said in a statement that “the pilot navigated the aircraft in a marshy area west of the mouth of the Susitna River, northwest of Anchorage, on the north side of Cook Inlet.”

“The decision made the landing safe, but the plane was damaged and the personnel on board required medical attention,” Budd said.

The Guard said the 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk was dispatched with a Pararescue team from the 212th Rescue Squadron and the pilot and passenger of the Super Cub were safely evacuated and taken to Mat-su Regional Medical Center.

The extent of their injuries and the plane’s intended destination were not immediately clear.

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