The run-way lights activated in Chuathbaluk, according to individual reports, but the Inland plane never arrived. At that time, a significant snow squall had started. The blowing snow made it impossible to land.
Alaska State Troopers were notified that the plane had not landed in the village and was not located in Aniak. A short time later, residents in Chuathbaluk reported hearing a plane stall near the village, but they didn’t know the exact location.
Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers responded to Chuathbaluk at about 9:15 p.m. There, they teamed up with volunteer searchers from both Aniak and Chuathbaluk. They searched the village and the area downstream. At about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, they found the plane about 3 miles southwest of the village in a heavily forested area. The plane was a total loss, and it appeared that Hill died on impact.
The State Medical Examiners Office was notified and an autopsy was requested. Hill’s next of kin was notified. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were also notified and will be conducting further investigations.