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Troopers ID pilot killed in plane crash west of Cook Inlet

  • Author: Jerzy Shedlock
  • Updated: December 2, 2017
  • Published August 25, 2017

Alaska State Troopers have identified the victim of a Wednesday night plane crash west of Cook Inlet as Jason Walkush, 35.

A troopers spokeswoman said Thursday that officials believed they knew the identity of the plane crash victim but decided to wait for confirmation from the state medical examiner.

Walkush was an Anchorage resident, troopers said.

Walkush was the pilot and sole occupant of a Piper PA-18 that crashed 50 miles west of Tyonek, at the east end of Chakachamna Lake and about 80 miles west of Anchorage.

The 11th Air Force's Rescue Coordination Center received a signal from the plane's 406 ELT, or emergency locator transmitter, around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. The signal led troopers and a federal investigator to the site of the crash the next day; an investigation got underway with the retrieval of Walkush's body.