AK: Two killed while scouting for hunting season
August 26, 2010
2 found dead in plane wreckage near Mount Susitna
A small plane headed from Anchorage to an Iditarod Trail hunting lodge
crashed nose-first into a Susitna River sandbar Tuesday night, killing the
pilot and passenger, safety investigators said Wednesday.
The accident likely came at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, about an hour after
the two-seat Piper PA-11 left Lake Hood, according to a flight plan filed by
the pilot. A friend says the pair may have been on the lookout for moose, in
preparation for the fall hunting season. The plane struck level terrain near
Mount Susitna, about 30 miles northwest of Anchorage, said National
Transportation Safety Board investigator Josh Cawthra.
Safety investigators said the pilot and passenger had planned to travel
to Rainy Pass Lodge and -- according to early interviews -- were on the
lookout for moose.
"They were probably scoping some options out for this fall's moose
hunting," said Anchorage photographer Matt Hage, a friend of Reiley and
mountain climbing partner of another man who friends fear was the passenger
on the plane. The pair were expected back in Anchorage for a barbecue
Tuesday night, Hage said.
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