Sightseers Stranded Near Knik Glacier

Associated Press

Rescuers are battling fierce winds trying to reach Alaska sightseers stranded on a glacier after their small plane encountered some kind of problem.

Rescuers with the Alaska Air National Guard have been trying to reach the sightseers since Sunday afternoon after the plane’s locator beacon went off on Knik Glacier, about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage.

Major Guy Hayes says communications with the stranded Alaskan and four out-of-state visitors has been very limited. He says it’s unknown what kind of mishap befell the plane, only that those on board sustained only minor injuries. He says rescuers hiking to the site have been hampered by blizzard conditions including 70-mph winds.

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