Alaska News

Pilot and passenger rescued after plane flips near Skwentna

A pilot and his passenger were rescued from a landing strip near Skwentna on Saturday after their airplane flipped, leaving them stranded in a foot of snow, Alaska State Troopers said. No injuries were reported.

Troopers got a report of an aircraft crash at about 4 p.m. Saturday, troopers said in an online dispatch Sunday.

Davis Dunlap, 23, of Palmer had flipped a 1946 Aeronca Champion fixed-wing, single-engine plane at the Eight Mile Lake landing strip.

"Dunlap texted via a spot locator to a family member that he and another male passenger were both uninjured when the aircraft overturned and came to rest on its wings. Dunlap reported they had no survival gear to stay the night (and) were in 12 inches of snow," the dispatch said.

Troopers notified the 11th Rescue Coordination Center, a unit of the 176th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard.

The RCC picked up the pilot and his passenger. Both were flown to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

Michelle Theriault Boots

Michelle Theriault Boots is a longtime reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. She focuses on in-depth stories about the intersection of public policy and Alaskans' lives. Before joining the ADN in 2012, she worked at daily newspapers up and down the West Coast and earned a master's degree from the University of Oregon.