Emergency signal leads Coast Guard to Wrecked Aircraft

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard transported a pilot with minor injuries to Homer, Alaska Friday after his single engine aircraft ran off a runway.

At around 11 a.m., the Coast Guard received a signal from an aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter in the vicinity of Perl Island, Alaska. A Coast Guard C-130 airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak was diverted to investigate and located a plane on the island near a group of cabins. There were no signs of distress.

At 11:54 a.m., an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Kodiak to investigate the source of the emergency signal.

The crew of the Jayhawk located the 76-year-old pilot and disabled the aircraft’s transmitter. The Homer native was released with only minor cuts and scrapes sustained when his plane veered off the runway and struck a tree. The pilot was on a resupply run to his cabin when the accident occurred.

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