One passenger rescued, other three occupants not found – presumed drowned – after helicopter went down in the water. Reuters reported the survivor as 12-year-old Aiden Peppard, and missing were the boy’s father Josh Pepperd, 42, the man’s other son, Andrew Pepperd, 11, and the pilot, David King, 53, owner of Last Frontier Air Ventures. Another report suggests Josh Peppard was the pilot.
The helicopter was on a trip that began in Grand Prairie, Texas, bound for Wasilla, Alaska according to Navy Times, suggesting it was on a delivery flight. It had changed ownership on FAA data from Airbus Helicopters to Chinilna Equipment LLC at an Alaska address just eight days prior to the accident.