Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2001

Three survive Anchorage plane crash

ANCHORAGE - For the second night in a row, people walked away from a small-plane crash in Anchorage.

A Piper 12 with three people on board crashed along a ridge about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Kelly Leseman of Anchorage and two unidentified juveniles were onboard and suffered minor injuries.

The military's Rescue Coordination Center picked up an emergency signal from the plane, said Staff Sgt. Jeff Wells, Alaska Air National Guard spokesman. A Civil Air Patrol aircraft on a training flight flew to the scene, Wells said, spotting people walking away from the aircraft.

The Air National Guard diverted a Pavehawk helicopter on a training mission to the scene. Rescuers picked up the three survivors and took them to Providence Alaska Medical Center, Wells said. They were treated and released Wednesday night.

The crash site was described by the Federal Aviation Administration as approximately three miles south of Flattop Mountain.

Four people survived a wreck Tuesday near the Eagle River Nature Center.

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