2 dead in Alaska plane crash near Mount Susitna

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Federal and state investigators are looking into a small plane crash near Mount Susitna that killed two people.

Alaska State Troopers said not much was known about the flight or the two people found dead inside the aircraft. The bodies were flown to Kulis Air National Guard Base and then taken to the coroner in Anchorage.

The plane's fiery wreckage on the Susitna River, about 25 miles northwest of Anchorage, was discovered by an Alaska Air National Guard crew on a training mission Tuesday night in the Big Lake area near the mountain known as "Sleeping Lady."

Crews in an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and C-130 aircraft on the mission noticed that an emergency locator transmitter had been activated about 10 miles away.

The guardsmen spotted a plume of smoke and determined that a small aircraft had crashed after making several passes over the fire.

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