Plane crash near Kalskag injures three

by Mark Arehart on February 6, 2013

A Cessna 172 owned by the Kuspuk School District crashed on the Kuskokwim River near Upper Kalskag yesterday. The pilot and both passengers were injured in the crash.

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Alaska State Troopers report the crash happened just before 5pm yesterday, just after takeoff from the Kalskag Airport.

Trooper Spokesperson Beth Ibsen said little is known about the cause of the crash, but weather may have been a factor.
“While trying to fly the river the airplane crashed and flipped over onto the frozen river,” Ipsen said.

Responders from Upper Kalskag, including medical personnel were at the scene, she said. “Those injured in the crash were pilot 44-year-old Steve Bruckner of Aniak and his two passengers, 55-year-old Brian Foley of Aniak and 55-year-old Roy Guernsey of Anchorage.”

All three suffered undisclosed injuries and were medivaced, Ibsen said.

Guernsey was flown to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, while Bruckner and Foley were flown to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel.

Bruckner and Foley were Kuspuk School District employees, while Guernsey was a contractor for the school district, said District Superintendent Brad Allen. Bruckner and Foley were treated and released, and Guernsey is still receiving medical attention in Anchorage.

Ibsen says Guernsey is listed in “stable condition.”

The case is being handed over to the National Transportation Safety board today.

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