A helicopter flies over the ice towards the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station in Alaska.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a March 20 accident in Deadhorse, Alaska, where a U.S. Navy aircraft struck a photographer in the head during take-off.
KTUU reported Tuesday that an unnamed Arctic Submarine Laboratory employee standing near the end of the runway was hit in the head by the plane taking off from the sea ice on the Beaufort Sea, operated by private air charter company Bald Mountain Air Service.
Although the two pilots and three passengers aboard the plane were not injured, the man from the shooting of the plane of the ice would have died.
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“The pedestrian sustained serious injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The man was medevacked to Anchorage for treatment of serious head and neck injuries a result of the collision,” the NTSB confirmed. Further, one of the pilots attached to the NTSB that the flight was intended to “ongoing logistical support of ICEX 2018, whereby a part of the u.s. Navy and U. K Royal Navy submarines operating under the ice of the frozen Arctic Ocean during a 5-week exercise.”
According to the victim, he and the pilots had all “agreed that he would position himself next to the runway to take a picture of the aircraft on departure.”
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At takeoff, but did not go so smoothly.
The pilots claim that during the takeoff roll, the plane started to incline slightly to the left. As for the victim, he claims that he stood behind a snow berm, or bank, between three and four feet high, and only recalls the sight of the plane left is getting lower and lower to the ground for waking up in a medical helicopter.
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After hearing a “loud thud,” the pilot made an emergency landing after seeing the man in the vicinity of a snow berm on the left side of the air strip.
The NTSB confirmed KTUU that an investigation is underway, as a download for the cockpit voice recorder pends.
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