Plane Crash

Wreckage of a plane that crashed near St. Mary's in November 2013. Photo Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Wreckage of the plane crash near St. Mary’s that Melanie Coffee survived in November 2013. Photo Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

St. Mary’s Troopers responded to a fatal ATV crash in Marshall Wednesday. The woman killed is the survivor of a plan crash in 2013.

An investigation found that 26-year-old Melanie Coffee, of Marshall died after hitting a tree on the Old Airport Road just outside town.
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NTSB Investigator Chris Shaver /  Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

NTSB Investigator Chris Shaver / Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent an investigator to visit the scene of the plane crash that killed two pilots. KYUK’s Ben Matheson spoke with the investigator, Chris Shaver, when he arrived in Bethel.

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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.
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