4 survive small plane crash near King Salmon

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010

KING SALMON - A small airplane trying to reach King Salmon crashed near the southwest Alaska community but all four people on board survived.

Alaska State Troopers say a Piper PA-14 piloted by 44-year-old Douglas Bradbury of North Pole was flying at around noon Thursday from Igiugig (ig-ee-UH'-gig) to King Salmon in bad weather.

The airplane was in a holding pattern near King Salmon when the airplane's engine began to run rough and lost power.

Bradbury made an emergency landing north of the village near King Salmon Creek and called for help by satellite phone. A private helicopter carried the pilot and passengers to King Salmon.

Troopers say medics checked and cleared all persons on board. The airplane was demolished.

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