Plane Crash

The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

UPDATED: 8/14, 10:20 a.m. – Alaska State Troopers have released more information about their investigation into what happened with an emergency phone they believe came from pilot Seth Fairbanks after his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6th. Troopers launched an investigation into the initial call after receiving scrutiny about the timeline of the call and response, says Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters.
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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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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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