Helicopter wreckage remains submerged

Posted: Monday, October 22, 2001

ANCHORAGE -- Crews were able to hear an electronic signal being sent from a helicopter that crashed last week in a snow storm, but the wreckage and likely the bodies of two victims remained submerged.

"We saw absolutely nothing," ERA Aviation vice president Marcia Davis said Saturday.

Veteran Alaska pilot Bob Larson, 60, and Federal Aviation Administration technicians Joyce Tucker, 46, and Ronald Frizzell, 53, died in Thursday's crash. Larson's body was found Friday.

Two people, Steven Durand, 47, and William Dick, 34, were hospitalized at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Once the helicopter is found, a salvage crew will mark the wreckage with buoys. Divers will try to recover the bodies, Davis said.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Kurt Anderson arrived in Anchorage on Friday to look into the crash.

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