Cargo Plane Crash Victims Identified

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The victims of Sunday’s cargo plane crash in Denali National Park have been identified.  They include Allwest Air Freight owner and pilot Bill Michel, of Delta Junction, and Wasilla residents John Eschleman, and Paul Quartly.

The three were killed when the Fairchild C-123 Michel was flying crashed into Mount Healy near park headquarters in good weather mid-afternoon Sunday.  Federal investigators say Michel was flying a load of construction equipment from Palmer to Unalakleet. Michel operated All West from an airfield near Delta, and as KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports, he was an experienced flyer.

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