PALMER - Alaska State Troopers say the pilot and passenger of a plane missing since Thursday have been found alive in the Knik River Valley.
Police say 51-year-old David W. Akers, of Palmer, and 46-year-old Gary D. Nall, of Wasilla, were found early Saturday by a group of Air Force men who were four-wheeling. The two were taken to the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The pair took off in a Cessna 170 from the Palmer airport Thursday evening for a sightseeing flight. Police say a severe downdraft forced Akers to make a controlled landing in the Knik River drainage. The two men began walking out and were found about 30 hours later by the four-wheeling group.