Detailed Accident Report

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Date: 2009-03-28
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Johnson Pass, Kenai Peninsula
State: AK
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed

Preliminary details from Chugach NF Avalanche Information Center:

-human-triggered avalanche (snowmobile)

-1 full burial

-no beacon

-buried deep in terrain trap estimated to be at least 20 feet deep

-Chugach Powder Guides responded with Recco but could not get a signal

-dog on scene was also unable to pick up any signs


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Snowmobiler feared dead after avalanche

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 35-year-old snowmobiler is missing and presumed dead after he was buried in an avalanche in the Kenai Peninsula's Johnson Pass.

State troopers say Yancy Flair of Anchorage was reported missing after the avalanche Saturday afternoon.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says a Chugach Powder Guides helicopter and 14 rescuers on the ground with probes searched for Flair but were unable to find him.

Peters says volcanic ash from Mount Redoubt began to hamper the search at about 5 p.m. Saturday.

The search was postponed Sunday because of ash and bad weather. Peters says the search might resume Monday depending on weather conditions.