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Location: Misty Fjords
Type: Fatal Aircraft Crash

Dispatch Text:

UPDATE: On 8/7/21, at about 1345 hours, Alaska State Troopers and Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad personnel arrived at the crash site via a chartered Temsco helicopter.  The bodies were recovered and will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage. Next of kin have been notified. The NTSB assisted and will be investigating the cause of the crash.  

The names of the deceased are as follows:

Mark Henderson, age 69, of Napa, CA

Jacquelyn Komplin, age 60, of Napa, CA

Andrea McArthur, age 55, of Woodstock, GA

Rachel McArthur, age 20, of Woodstock, GA

Janet Kroll, age 77, of Mount Prospect, IL

Pilot- Rolf Lanzendorfer, age 64, of Cle Elum, WA


Original Release: On August 5, 2021, at approximately 1121 hours, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a possible plane crash just outside of Ketchikan in the Misty Fjords area. Initial reports indicated that a Southeast Aviation De Haviland Beaver, with tail number N1249K, had five passengers and one pilot aboard and had reportedly triggered an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB.) The US Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, US Forest Service, and volunteers from the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the area to attempt to locate the crash site. Poor visibility and deteriorating weather hampered aerial search efforts for part of the afternoon. At approximately 1437 hours, the US Coast Guard discovered the crash site in a steep mountainous area near Misty Fjords; all six occupants of the aircraft were deceased. The Alaska State Troopers and volunteers from the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad will coordinate recovery efforts of the deceased from the crash site today and tomorrow. The NTSB has been notified and will be investigating the cause of the crash.

Posted on 8/5/2021 7:09:27 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

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