Passengers, Pilot Die in Alaska Helicopter Crash

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( – On Thursday, July 20, following the crash of a helicopter that carried three state workers and the pilot in the North Slope region of Alaska, it was reported by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources that no survivors had been located.

In a Facebook post on Friday, they noted that the employees who belonged to the Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey were doing fieldwork near Utqiaġvik and had failed to do their regular check-in the previous evening. The Department then proceeded to launch search and rescue efforts which were coordinated by the North Slope Borough Department of Search and Rescue and the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Those searching for the team discovered helicopter debris, which matched the aircraft they had used, in a lake close to Wainwright.

The National Transportation Safety Board in their report offered their prayers for the pilot, the team and their employees, and their families. The helicopter that was used for the expeditions was operated by Maritime Helicopters Inc. The company also confirmed that there was an accident with one of their Bell 206 L4 helicopters which was fatal. The company confirmed that they were also using their own resources to help assist in the rescue efforts, and are offering prayers to the families of those who were on the helicopters.

The name of the pilot who died in the crash was Bernard Higdon (48). The passengers included Justin Germann (27), Tori Moore (26), and Ronald Daanen (51). Currently, the incident is still under investigation.

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