3 feared dead as Alaska Troopers copter crashes

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Associated Press

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 12:30 AM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say the three people aboard an Alaska State Trooper helicopter that crashed as it returned are feared dead.

Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says the aircraft was carrying a state trooper, a pilot for the troopers and a rescued snowmobiler when it went down Saturday night.

She says the crash site was spotted Sunday and no survivors have been found. She says that though the three are feared dead, their deaths haven't been confirmed.

Wreckage of the helicopter burned, but Peters said it was not known how the fire started or how long it lasted.

The trooper helicopter was on a mission to pick up a snowmobiler stranded near Larson Lake 7 miles east of Talkeetna in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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