30 August 2013

Two More Aviation Deaths

It's a bad year for planecrash fatalities in Alaska.

2 Palmer Men Dead in Small-Plane Crash

PALMER -- Two Palmer men were killed when their plane crashed 10 miles north of Sutton, Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers tentatively identified them as Adam Norton, 30, and Derrik Swanson, 31, both of Palmer, pending identification by the state medical examiner.

At 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Rescue Coordination Center got a report of an overdue aircraft with two people on board in the Knik Lake area, troopers said. The plane was supposed to have returned by 7 p.m.

Members of the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th and 212th rescue squadrons -- using a helicopter and C-130 -- located the missing plane through its emergency signal at 3:52 a.m. Friday, troopers said.

Recovery efforts continue. The crash site is in rough terrain. Efforts are also hampered by weather and the condition of the aircraft, troopers and federal investigators said.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were en route to the crash site Friday morning.

1 comment:

Cathy said...

I think I've mentioned that hubby has a flight simulator. He spends a lot of simulated flying time in Alaska in an King Air 350. It's scary just watching someone navigating a computer generated Alaska.