3 stranded in iced helicopter on Alaska volcano

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 06, 2013 22:15 hrs

Officials say two researchers and their pilot are stranded on a remote Alaska volcano after freezing rain iced up their helicopter.

Alaska State Troopers say bad weather has prevented rescuers from reaching the helicopter on Mount Mageik (ma-GEEK').

Troopers say everyone on board the Egli Air Haul helicopter is in good condition.

There are no reported injuries or damage to the chopper, which is sitting at the 6,500-foot level of the mountain in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

The park's chief ranger, Neal Labrie, says a nature webcam in the area is helping to gauge the cloud cover on the mountain.

The researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks were working on volcano-monitoring equipment before they were caught in the freezing rainstorm Wednesday evening.

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