Troopers release names of plane crash victims

Posted: Friday, June 12, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two people who died in a plane crash.

The two have been identified as the pilot, 69-year-old Bruce Harden, and a passenger, 50-year-old Lonnie Draheim. Both people were from Brookings, Ore.

The crash occurred a half-mile east of Elim in western Alaska. The Federal Aviation Administration says the airplane was an RV-7, an amateur-built plane.

The plane left Galena at about 4 p.m. Tuesday on a flight to Nome but never showed up. The wreckage was found Wednesday night east of Bald Head Mountain. Medical personnel from Elim responded and pronounced the two dead.

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