A single-engine plane crashed on the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday afternoon after rain and ice began collecting on its windshield, according to Alaska State Troopers. The pilot and a passenger had minor injuries, troopers said.
David Duncan, 49, took off in his Citabria 7GCBC from Sterling and headed toward Port Graham with a 16-year-old passenger.
He didn't get far, said Megan Peters, Troopers spokeswoman. Around noon Duncan attempted to land on the airstrip near Dutch Landing Loop in Sterling after the weather limited visibility.
Duncan told troopers he felt he was landing too fast and powered up to do a second go-around when the plane lost power, Peters said. It crashed near the end of the runway.
Duncan suffered a minor injury and the passenger reported "bumps and bruises," troopers said.
The plane sustained extensive damage to a wing and the landing gear was taken off, Peters said.
"There's no way the plane can fly right now," she said.
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