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Hawaii pilot injured when small plane crashes on Matanuska Valley airstrip

  • Author: Tess Williams
  • Updated: August 31, 2020
  • Published August 31, 2020

A 28-year-old pilot from Hawaii was seriously injured Sunday evening when his small plane crashed on a Matanuska Valley airstrip during a landing attempt, Alaska State Troopers said.

Michael Wurzell crashed around 7:15 p.m. while trying to land a Piper PA-14 on the Anderson Lake airstrip off Bogard Road between Wasilla and Palmer, troopers wrote in an online statement.

He was taken to the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center with serious injuries but was expected to survive, troopers said.

Wurzell was the only person in the plane when it crashed, according to an FAA accident notification. It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to crash, but the investigation is ongoing.

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