Douglas pilot killed in crash

By November 1, 2011Outdoors

Alaska State Troopers have released the name of the helicopter pilot killed in a crash outside Iliamna in southwest Alaska.

Troopers say 66-year-old William Zeman of Douglas was a senior pilot for Era Helicopters. He was killed in the crash Saturday near the village on Iliamna Lake.

The helicopter had been used for seismic work in Nome.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said the helicopter was headed to Anchorage.

Zeman had made refueling stops in Unalakleet and Bethel and planned to spend the night in Iliamna.

Era’s GPS and web-based tracking system received a final signal from the helicopter at 8:02 p.m. Saturday.

Helicopter wreckage, with Zeman’s body inside, was discovered by searchers at about noon Sunday six miles southwest of Iliamna.

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