- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Authorities say a helicopter pilot has died after crashing on the Denver Glacier in southeast Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers say 59-year-old Christopher Maggio was the only person on board Friday when the helicopter went down in Skagway. His body was recovered from the crash site Saturday, The Alaska Dispatch News reported (https://bit.ly/1q8oZSs).

Maggio had been flying for Temsco Helicopters at the time of the incident. The southeast Alaska charter and flightseeing company offers seasonal sled dog tours on Denver Glacier and the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, according to its website.

Maggio was reported overdue after dropping off supplies at the camp, and another Temsco helicopter that launched from the company’s base in Skagway discovered the crash site, the company said.

“At 8 p.m. the aircraft was located and the U.S. Coast Guard was notified,” Joe Hicks, Temsco’s senior vice president said in a statement. “Rescue efforts were then coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard and local fire and rescue teams.”

The crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The crash happened one day after a pilot for Era Helicopters was injured after crashing on Norris Glacier in southeast Alaska. Jiri Hanis had been the lone occupant and crashed near a sled dog camp where tours are provided by Alaska Heli-Mush, said owner and Iditarod musher Linwood Fiedler.

Temsco assisted with the response effort and flew Hanis to a Juneau hospital.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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