Alaska News

Body recovered from Cook Inlet ID'd as passenger from Alaska plane crash

A body found in Cook Inlet in late August has been positively identified as a 23-year-old McGrath man who was a passenger in a small plane that crashed into the waters of Knik Arm earlier that month, the Alaska State Troopers said.

Anthony G. Hooper was the sole passenger in a Piper PA-18 Super Cub believed to have crashed in the arm about 2 miles northeast of the Birchwood Airport on Aug. 7.

Rescuers found wreckage of the downed plane that day, but no one inside.

Hooper and the pilot, 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks, also of McGrath, had been missing and presumed dead since the crash.

Hooper's body was recovered from the waters of Cook Inlet on Aug. 29, troopers said in an online dispatch Monday. Positive identification was made later.

Fairbanks' body has not been recovered.