Officials ID victims in Sitka plane crash

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2008

SITKA - Alaska State Troopers released the identities of two people killed in a plane crash Sunday night near Sitka.

Troopers identified the victims as the pilot, 83-year-old Harold Joseph Gaines of Marietta, Ga., and the passenger, 73-year-old Sy Mymudes of Decatur, Ga.

Troopers said both men died from injuries sustained in the Sunday night crash about 20 miles north of Sitka.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Troopers said preliminary investigation points to a fuel shortage as a potential cause.

Officials said the plane landed in Gustavus earlier Sunday, but no fuel was available. The two were advised to go to Juneau, but instead indicated they would try to make it to Sitka, their intended destination.

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