Aviation

Pilot seriously hurt in plane crash at Wolf Lake near Palmer, troopers say

PALMER — A pilot from Utah was seriously injured when his plane crashed into a hangar at Wolf Lake near Palmer, Alaska State Troopers said.

Federal investigators responded to investigate the crash Monday afternoon, according to Clint Johnson, Alaska chief for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Troopers wrote in an online report that Utah resident Charles Story, 60, was flying an “experimental” Kitfox taildragger aircraft when it crashed into a hangar on the Wolf Lake airstrip. The circumstances that caused the crash are unknown, troopers said.

LifeMed was already at the airfield when the crash happened, and performed life-saving measures on Story until emergency medical services got there. The pilot was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, troopers said, but he was in stable condition.

The NTSB has taken over the case, troopers wrote.

Wolf Lake is a privately owned airstrip that’s used by the public. The airstrip is part of a residential community.


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