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Pilot injured attempting emergency landing on Parks Highway

A small plane trying to make an emergency landing on the Parks Highway Saturday struck power lines before coming to a rest nose down, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The pilot and sole occupant of the small plane, 51-year-old Ronald Scott Hernandez of King Salmon, suffered minor injuries in the crash, troopers said.

A plane attempting an emergency landing on the Parks Highway snagged on power lines and came to rest nose down on April 15, 2017. The pilot sustained minor injuries in the crash. (Katie Terstegge Dietrich photo)

Troopers in Talkeetna were told of an aircraft crash near Mile 89 of the Parks Highway, near Sheep Creek, around 4:10 p.m. Saturday.

Hernandez was trying to land the 1962 Cessna "and struck power lines crossing the roadway," troopers wrote in an online dispatch. "The aircraft came to rest on the west side of the Parks Highway vertical on its nose."

The Sheep Creek Lodge, about 2 miles south of the crash site, posted on its Facebook page Saturday that the incident had cut power to the area.

"Since we can't use our kitchen, we're throwing a BBQ on the deck!!" the lodge posted.

The power was back on by Sunday morning.

It wasn't immediately clear what prompted the attempted emergency landing. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash, troopers said.

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