Ice-Coated Helicopter Leaves 3 Stranded On Remote Volcano

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (September 6, 2013)--Two researchers and a pilot were stranded Friday on a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain left a coat of ice on their helicopter, authorities said.

Alaska State Troopers say bad weather was preventing rescuers from reaching the helicopter on Mount Mageik.

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

None was injured and the chopper has not been damaged.

The helicopter was 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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