Alaska State Troopers have identified the two men who were injured in a Wednesday plane crash near the Knik River Wednesday morning.
The Alaska National Guard rescued Wasilla pilot Richard Lee Cline, 60, and California passenger Paul Germeraad from the crash of Cline's 2009 Avaiat 1AB Husky. The Guard says Cline called 911 at 10:05 a.m. reporting the crash between Pioneer and Twin Peaks, approximately 30 miles northeast of Anchorage.
The 11th Rescue Coordination Center sent a Pave Hawk helicopter, which could not land near the crash site, so rescuers lowered themselves to the site, which is at about the 3,000-foot level.
Cline and Germeraad were treated for lacerations to the head and a potential broken ankle and foot and hoisted into the helicopter by 12:20 p.m. to be transported to Providence Medical Center.
Last August, another small plane crashed on the upper part of the glacier, stranding a family of sightseers and a pilot for two days. An Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter also crashed during rescue operations, briefly stranding its uninjured crew of three with the plane's passengers.