One Dead, Two Injured in Friday Crash


The PAKLOOK/Servant Air turbo de Havilland Otter in Old Harbor this summer. Photo Corey Chitwood

Jay Barrett/KMXT

A Kodiak pilot was killed Friday night after his airplane crashed near Heitman Lake. Two passengers on the PAKLOOK Air de Havilland Otter survived. PAKLOOK, is also known as Servant Air.

The Alaska State Troopers report that pilot James Andie, age 49 was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Eighteen-year-old Gary Alexanderoff was treated and released from Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, and 24-year-old Arthur May suffered what are described as serious injuries to his legs.

Alexanderoff told the Anchorage Daily News that after the crash he hiked about 100 feet up a hill to where he had cell phone reception to call for help. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted him and May from the scene after 8 p.m., while Troopers and emergency responders tended to Andie.

National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Larry Lewis said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash.

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