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Location: Juneau / Lituya Bay
Type: Search and Rescue / Death Investigation

Dispatch Text:

UPDATE:  On 10/1/18 at approximately 1111 hours, the body of an adult male was located on the beach approximately 3/4 mile south of the crash site.  A Juneau based State Trooper flew to the scene and investigated.  The body was identified as David William King, 53 of Sutton.  The body was transported back to Juneau and sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.  No foul play is suspected and next of kin has been notified.     

UPDATE: 9/30/18, at approximately 0700 hours, Search efforts will resume with a helicopter from the USCG, a Blackhawk helicopter from the AK USNG, a USCG Cutter, and 2 SEADOGS teams from Juneau.  Information from the SEADOGS teams that searched on 9/28/18 revealed that debris from the helicopter is scattered along the shoreline and in the surf south of Lituya Bay. The USCG has updated NOK.          

On 9/28/18, at 2354 hours, AST Dispatch in Ketchikan received a report from Sitka PD of a helicopter crash in Lituya Bay, approximately 130 miles north of Sitka.  Sitka PD reported that they were contacted by the USCG, because one of the survivors was being transported to the hospital in Sitka. A USCG helicopter located the crashed helicopter near the shore in Lituya Bay. Believed to be onboard the helicopter at the time of the crash were David King, age 53 of Palmer, and Joshua Pepperd, age 42 of Anchorage and passengers Aiden Pepperd, age 14 and Andrew Pepperd, age 11, both of Anchorage. Aiden Pepperd was the lone survivor found by the USCG and he is currently at an Anchorage hospital being treated for injuries sustained in the crash.  The NTSB has been notified and they are sending investigators to the scene of the crash. Currently searching the area is a USCG helicopter and Cutter and a CAP airplane. Two SEADOGS teams are being transported by USCG helicopter from Juneau to the scene to conduct a shoreline search. The US Park Service also reported that they were notified on 9/28/18, at approximately 2100 hours, by the USCG, because the area of the crash was determined to be inside Glacier Bay National Park.  NOK has been notified by the USCG and also by AST.    

Posted on 9/30/2018 7:02:36 AM by DPS\tjdespain

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