A Cessna 208 with two pilots on board has crashed outside of Bethel. Ravn Alaska spokesperson Steve Smith confirms the downed plane was a Hageland Aviation training flight with two pilots on board, and no passengers.
State Troopers say the plane was overdue just after six o’clock Tuesday and within the hour a local pilot reported seeing burning wreckage to troopers.
Clint Johnson is Chief of the Alaska Regional Office of the National Transportation Safety Board. Johnson says a report came in of smoke on the horizon.
“When they investigated it they found what they believe was a Cessna 208 on the ground and it looks like there was a pretty substantial post crash fire, but we are very much in the formative stages,” said Johnson.
Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says an Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter responded with both troopers and fire personal on board and has located the wreckage.
Neither Peters nor Clint Johnson have information about the two pilots.
“This is an active rescue, at this point right now. Troopers have primacy, also the National Guard in Bethel. We wait until they’re done, and we take the investigation from there. At this point right now, it is an active search and rescue,” said Johnson.
An NTSB Investigator from Anchorage is traveling to Bethel Wednesday. Hageland Aviation flies under the banner of Ravn Connect, a company operated by Ravn Alaska, formerly known as Era Alaska.