Michigan man miraculously survives plane crash on Alaskan adventure

An Ortonville man counts his blessings after walking away from a plane crash in Alaska while hunting moose.

Casey West is a nurse at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc. He tells Hometown Life that he was excited and had no worries about going on an Alaskan adventure, calling it “a lifelong dream.”

More life insurance

Although West approached the trip with no worries, his wife felt the opposite. Samantha tells the publication that she increased her husband’s life insurance just before the excursion.

Her biggest fear was that her husband would fly in a bush plane, the only means of transport available. The couple note that there are around 10 bush plane crashes each year.

Survive a plane crash and a tsunami

West and two companions went on an adventure in September. Luckily, the hunt was successful as West and one of his cronies each managed to capture a moose.

However, the trio encountered cold and miserable conditions along the way, forcing them to shelter in a tent for two days. West says they also survived charges from a bull moose that came within about five feet of the hunters. Despite the danger, they could not legally kill the animal due to its size.

When the weather cleared, the trio boarded a plane with a seasoned pilot.

West recounts what happened next to Hometown Life.

“We took off to the north because there was no bank – we go, go, go, and all of a sudden we were hit by a huge gust of wind,” he said. declared. “We weren’t high enough above the water and the wing hit the water and dragged us down and spun to the left. The pilot was pulling the lever to get the plane off the ground, and I said, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to hit the shore.’ And we hit it so hard we shot through the air 70-80 meters, spinning and then nose dive straight into the Earth.

West and the other three all survived the crash, with the pilot sustaining a head injury that required 17 stitches.

But the incident certainly didn’t deter West. He says he’ll have to “butter” his wife a bit, but plans to head west for an elk hunt later this month. He also hopes to one day return to Alaska.

“It was crazy,” West said. “But I can’t wait to go back. I would do it again.

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