Coast Guard rescues Anchorage, Soldotna men after plane crash on Montague Island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk and crew from the Coast Guard’s Cordova Aviation Support Facility rescued three stranded men whose plane had reportedly flipped over while taking off from the beach along Patton Bay on Montague Island at 3:15 p.m. Monday.

Dylan Honebriak, 27, an Anchorage resident, was reportedly flying his Piper Pacer, tail number N2601P, when the incident occurred on Montague. Honebriak and his two passengers, his stepfather Ricardo Montoya, 48, and stepbrother Keith Montoya, 18, both Soldotna residents, escaped the plane without injuries.

The Alaska State Troopers were the first to receive notice of the incident after a satellite phone call was made by the stranded men. The State Troopers immediately passed the call to the Coast Guard who then launched the Cordova helicopter and crew.

The rescue crew arrived at the location of the survivors and safely picked them up after landing the helicopter nearby. Honebriak and his family members were safely transported to Seward where they were released at the local airport at 4:10 p.m.

“The weather was pretty bad in Cordova, we had to get special permission to take off,” said Cmdr. Shawn Tripp, pilot and aircraft commander. “As we got closer to Montague Island the weather just got better and better which allowed us to perform a safe rescue.”

The Coast Guard Aviation Support Facility in Cordova is a seasonal forward deployment location to better facilitate a quicker response for search and rescue cases in Prince William Sound.

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