Pilot Dies In Plane Crash Near Skwentna

A pilot has been found dead in a downed plane near Skwentna. The Anchorage Daily News reports that searchers Tuesday found the pilot, who’s name is not being released yet, after a search was initiated when the plane a Grumman C-1A did not arrive as scheduled at the Nixon Fork Mine near McGrath. The cargo plane was flying from Wasilla to the mine. When it never arrived on Monday, the Alaska Air National Guard was called in to help. Rescuers spotted the cargo plane about 60 miles from Skwentna this morning. The pilot was the sole occupant. The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Alaska State Troopers are en route to the crash site to confirm the pilot’s identity.