3 stranded in iced helicopter on Alaska volcano
by Rachel D’Oro, Associated Press
September 06, 2013 04:19 PM | 475 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials say two researchers and their pilot are stranded on a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain iced on their helicopter.

Alaska State Troopers say bad weather has prevented rescuers from reaching the helicopter on Mount Mageik (ma-GEEK').

Troopers say everyone on board the Elgi Air Haul helicopter is in good condition.

There are no reported injuries or damage to the chopper, which is sitting at the 6,500-foot level of the mountain in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

The park's chief ranger, Neal Labrie, says a nature webcam in the area is helping to gauge the cloud cover on the mountain.

The researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks were working on volcano-monitoring equipment before they were caught in the freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening.



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