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Low cloud ceiling prevents recovery at Eaglecrest Wednesday

Posted: July 27, 2011 - 6:39pm

Another day of low-hanging clouds prevented recovery workers from being able to retrieve the bodies of an Anchorage couple that died when their plane crashed Sunday near the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

The ceiling was about 500 feet higher at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday than it was Tuesday, but that was still not enough to allow workers to recover the remains of Charles Luck and his wife Liping Tang-Luck, Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen stated in an email. She wrote the ceiling needs to be about 500 feet higher for a recovery to be successful. There will be another attempt tomorrow, she wrote

The crash site is in an area known as the Wedding Bowl, located between Mount Ben Stewart and Fish Creek Knob in North Douglas. Workers could only reach the crash site by hiking 3.5 miles over an 1,800-foot elevation from the lodge at Eaglecrest. the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, but no cause has been determined.

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