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Five Killed in Alaska Helicopter Crash

The accident occurred on the Knik Glacier. Wikimedia commons photo.

On Saturday, a helicopter headed for a heli-skiing excursion crashed in the Alaskan backcountry. Five of the six people on board passed away, and the lone survivor of the accident is currently in serious but stable condition at a hospital in Anchorage.

The flight was chartered by Todrilllo Mountain Lodge (TML), and the five passengers consisted of three guests and two guides from the lodge. Saturday evening, Alaska State Troopers were notified about a helicopter that hadn’t returned to the lodge as well as debris from a crash on the Knik Glacier. It is currently unknown what caused the Eurocopter AS50 to go down, and the accident is still under investigation. According to a statement by TML, this is the first incident of its kind for the lodge since opening 17 years ago.

The five who died in the accident were identified as Petr Kellner, Benjamin Larochaix, Gregory Harms, Sean McMannany, and the pilot, Zachary Russel.

Greg was a long-time friend of Teton Gravity Research with a history of working alongside our film crews. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of everyone who passed away in this tragic accident. 

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