Three Stranded in Iced Helicopter on Alaska Volcano

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials say two U.S. Geological Survey workers 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.

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.

Labrie says the USGS team members were working on volcano-monitoring equipment before they were caught in the freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening.

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