Pilot dies in crash near Eklutna

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A pilot is dead after his home-built airplane crashed near Eklutna.

But authorities say details of what happened are sketchy and an investigation is under way to find out what went wrong.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says a railroad train crew spotted wreckage near the tracks Sunday morning in the Eklutna area.

The pilot's body was found in the wreckage but he wasn't immediately identified.

Johnson said his group and FAA experts have inspected the scene and plan to move the wreckage to a hangar to check it more closely.

He described it as an experimental, home-built craft. Registration shows it to be an Antares MA-32, an ultralight craft.



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