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Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

Seth Fairbanks. Courtesy Facebook.

It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of two men from McGrath. Wednesday, the National Transportation Board released a preliminary report on their investigation into the crash. Alaska State Troopers are now trying figure out what went wrong with the 9-1-1 system.

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Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

Courtesy Alaska State Troopers.

UPDATED: 8/12, 12 p.m. – It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper.

The 911 call at 11:54 p.m. last Thursday was first received by the Alaska State Troopers post in Bethel, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. Fairbanks was standing on top of the airplane in the swift waters of Cook Inlet.
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Yute Air Logo. - Image Courtesy of Yute Air

Yute Air Logo. – Image Courtesy of Yute Air

This is a developing story.

Searchers have found the wreckage of the Yute Air plane that’s been missing since Saturday morning, but there’s still no word on the status of the pilot. A team Sunday evening spotted the Cessna 207 in the Kwethluk River. Lieutenant Colonel Candice Olmstead is with the Alaska National Guard. Read more →

Burned wreckage of the Cessna 208. Photo courtesy ofthe Alaska State Troopers.

Burned wreckage of the Cessna 208. Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Two pilots are dead after a fiery plane crash Tuesday night just outside Bethel. Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilots who were onboard the Hageland Cessna 208 Caravan as Derrick Cedars, 42 of Bethel and Greggory McGee, 46 of Anchorage. Ravn Alaska spokesperson Steve Smith confirms the downed plane was a Hageland training flight.
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