An Alaska pilot died Thursday in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in what a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said was a single-plane ground accident.
At about 11 a.m., the pilot died after walking into the moving propeller of a Piper PA-18 Super Cub that was idling without a pilot at the controls, according to Clint Johnson, an Alaska spokesperson for the NTSB.
... Because the engine was running, the NTSB is investigating the incident, Johnson said. But he and Alaska State Troopers both said the National Park Service was leading up the investigation.
Many of us talk about how Alaska can kill you if you aren't paying attention, but this one could have happened anyplace.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of the pilot.