Mon, Aug 11, 2003
Aircraft ID Destroyed In Fire
Three people perished
Friday when their single-engine aircraft impacted a wooded area
near the Alaskan town of Skagway (local airport, right). Police who
eventually reached the scene said all identifying markings had been
destroyed in the crash, which occurred at approximately 5:14 p.m.
local time. The aircraft, of unidentified type, had flown from
Juneau to Skagway and was making a headed for Yakutat, according to
state patrol officers. No flight plan had been filed. Officers
speculated the aircraft, and perhaps its occupants, were from
Witnesses say the pilot initiated a steep turn shortly after
take-off, apparently misjudging the distance to a nearby ridgeline.
The witnesses say the pilot tried to climb steeply, but that "his
engine apparently stalled in the process," [classic takeoff and
departure stall scenario?--EIC]. The aircraft was completely
The type of aircraft, as well as the identities of the
passengers on board, have not yet been identified because of the
severity of the fire.
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