Man killed in Wasilla plane crash soon after takeoff

A man died in Wasilla on Thursday after his plane crashed soon after takeoff, officials said.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at the Wasilla Airport, said Amanda Graham, a Wasilla Police Department spokeswoman.

The man was the sole person aboard a “home-built, experimental” plane, said Clint Johnson, the Alaska chief for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Witnesses reported that the plane took off, started a steep climb and then descended nose-first onto a road near the runway, Johnson said.

An officer was at the airport for a security check when the crash happened, and he responded quickly, Graham said.

Officials have not yet identified the man.

Johnson said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.