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    Kotzebue AK
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    66.8983°N, 162.5967°W
     
     
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    66.8983°N, 162.5967°W

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    ME406 ELT

    453-6603
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    Survivor
    Lou
    Rescued By
    Local Search and Rescue
    Date Of Rescue
    2013-09-01

    Lives saved

    2
    Adults

    Activity

    Flying

    Terrain

    River

    Issue

    Crash Or Collision

    What happened?

     

    On September 1st, my wife and I departed Kotzebue, AK on a caribou hunting trip in the Noatak River drainage of the Brooks Range. We arrived over the Anisak River at about 3 pm, and began looking for a gravel bar suitable for landing. At about 3:30 pm, I attempted to land on a gravel bar, but ran off the end, into the river and flipped over. 


    We both managed to make an underwater egress without injury, but most of our gear was wet, the instrument panel (with radios) was underwater, our handheld VHF radio was underwater, and our satellite phone was soaked and useless. I managed to find our PLB-200 floating in the cockpit, and activated it. I also reached underwater and pressed the remote activation switch for the ME406 ELT. The ELT activated by means of the battery in the switch, even though the aircraft master switch was off, and the remote switch and its battery were submerged. I later determined that both 406 signals were received by the Elmendorf AFB Rescue Coordination Center in Anchorage, and the troopers were able to fly directly to us from Kotzebue. We were rescued just before 8 pm, preventing a night out with limited gear. It's likely that we would have been out overnight if a search had to have been carried out based on our flight plan alone (which of necessity did not list a specific destination).


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    Words of Wisdom

     
    It's likely that we would have been out overnight if a search had to have been carried out based on our flight plan alone (which of necessity did not list a specific destination).

    Thank you note to ACR

     

    Thank you ACR!

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    ME406 ELT

    453-6603

    406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter

    Have peace of mind with an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) by your side. The ME406 is a single-output ELT that's designed to make installation simple. Backed by the support of a 6-year battery life, the ME406 is an ELT you can count on to have your back, should you be faced with an emergency. If you should ever have to activate the ELT, the 406 MHz transmitter sends an encoded signal every 50 seconds to alert search and rescue teams of your location, so they can more easily bring you home.


    Sorry, this product is not available to purchase online. Please contact our team so we can direct you to a local dealer:
    service@acrelectronics.com

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