Good Samaritan pilots encouraged to coordinate with Alaska RCC in search of overdue snowmachiners
By David Bedard, 176th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 19, 2018
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska --
The Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska Air National Guard and the Civil Air Patrol are searching for two snowmachiners reported overdue in vicinity of Big Lake.
Good Samaritan pilots are advised for their own safety and to maximize their effectiveness to communicate with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center prior to entering the search area.
“We appreciate their efforts,” said Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. Evan Budd. “We just want to make sure they check in and monitor [Common Traffic Advisory Frequency] 122.8 to maintain appropriate aircraft separation.”
Additionally, pilots can call 551-7230 with leads or questions.
Pilots should maintain at least 1,000 feet height above ground level to ensure they don't interfere with 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters operating at lower altitudes.