Rescue Helicopter Crashes in Alaska

Alaska State Troopers/AP

An Alaska state-trooper helicopter had just rescued a stranded snowmobiler near the town of Talkeetna—north of Anchorage—when it crashed Saturday night, potentially leaving the snowmobiler, the pilot, and a trooper dead. The downed aircraft was discovered Sunday, but no survivors have been found. Still, the state trooper’s office isn’t giving up hope: they’ve not officially declared those on board the helicopter dead. The state troopers’ spokeswoman said that the helicopter had inexplicably caught fire.