Alaska State Police Helicopter N911AA call sign HELO 1 went down with three aboard while conducting a SAR mission near Larson Lake in the South central part of the state.
Alaska State Troopers lost two of their own and a life saving piece of equipment Saturday night just after 10pm. Pilot Mel Nading and Trooper Tage Toll had just rescued an injured snow mobiler and were headed back to meet Paramedics. When the AS350 B3 did not arrive and could not be reached by radio or mobile telephone a search was launched. The wreckage was located just 7 miles East of Talkeetna and USAF PJs were immediately deployed but all three on board the crashed helicopter were deceased.
I post these stories either because I knew someone involved or I simply want to pay my respects to the public safety crews that perish but I also want to remind everyone how dangerous this kind of work is. It is not just a matter of sending a bird out to get someone. First rate professional pilots and best in class well maintained machines crash all too often for a variety of reasons in the line of duty. I ask that you keep that in mind when you are out there doing your thing. Be prepared and don’t abuse the system just because you know that someone wearing a uniform will come and bail you out. Come hell or high water they will come so don’t waste their time or put them at risk needlessly.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Alaska State Police and the family and friends of those that died. Thank you for your service and I am sorry for your loss.