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Wings Of Alaska Flight 202 Crashes Killing The Pilot And Injuring 4

July 18, 2015 - On Friday a Cessna 207A, N62AK, departed Juneau International Airport, Alaska (PAJN) for  Hoonah Airport, Alaska (PAOH) with 5 people onboard. Enroute the aircraft crashed killing its pilot and four others were injured.

The pilot has been identified as Fariah Peterson age 45. At approximately 1:23 PM Ketchikan Dispatch received a 911 phone call routed through Juneau Police Department reporting a Wings of Alaska airplane had crashed.

The 911 call came from a one of the five people on board the Cessna 207 that crashed during a regularly scheduled flight from Juneau to Hoonah. A U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk and crew responded to the crash located 18 miles west of Juneau near Point Couverden.

Alaska Wildlife Trooper Patrol Vessel Sentry with two AWT troopers and Juneau Mountain Rescue personnel aboard also responded to the area. Additional JMR members responded via a Temsco helicopter. The Coast Guard was able to hoist three of the injured, Humberto Hernandez-Aponte, 57, and his wife, Sandra Herrera Lopez, 60, both of Juneau; and Jose Vazquez, 15, of Puerto Rico, on the first trip and 64-year-old Hoonah resident Ernestine Hanlon-Abel on a second trip.

All were transported to Juneau. The Coast Guard crew was able to locate the pilot and pronounced dead at the scene. On Saturday the United States Coast Guard and Juneau Mountain Rescue were able to successfully extricate the pilot from the aircraft and fly her remains to Juneau. Her body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.



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