Pilot Dies in Helicopter Crash Near Lake Illiamna

State Troopers have released the name of the pilot killed in a helicopter crash Saturday night near Lake Illiamna.   The pilot killed was William Zeman from Douglas, Alaska. The 66-year-old pilot was en route from Nome where he was doing seismic work. Clint Johnson is a National Transportation Safety Board investigator. He says the wreckage of a helicopter belonging to Era Helicopters LLC, was spotted just after noon Sunday.

If the weather cooperates, Johnson says the NTSB will investigate the crash site on Nov. 1.     Era Helicopters says the pilot was the only person on board.

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Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KBBI in Homer. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.