Huey helicopter assisting in fire control crashes at Anderson Airport, sole occupant killed

    UH1 Huey - Fly Navy 2017. Not a depiction of the involved helicopter. (Photo credit: Airwolfhound.)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A helicopter crash on Sunday was fatal when a 1960 Huey helicopter crashed during landing, killing the pilot on board.

    Troopers had received a report of the crash late Sunday afternoon at 7:42.

    It was reported to troopers that the crash occurred at the Anderson Airport near mile marker 280 of the Parks Highway.

    A 1960 Bell 204B “Huey” operated by Northern Pioneer Helicopters crashed while landing at the airstrip’s helipad, according to the dispatch report.

    The helicopter was contracted by the Department of Natural Resources and was assisting with fire fighting operations on the Clear Fire.

    The pilot and sole occupant was identified as 56-year-old Douglas Ritchie of Wasilla.

    The remains have been sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.

    No foul play is suspected and next of kin has been notified.

    The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and is responding to conduct an investigation.

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