Iditarod Airplane Flips; 2 On Board Unhurt

A small airplane servicing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race flipped while taking off but both people on board walked away unharmed.

Alaska State Troopers say the Iditarod Air Force plane was piloted by 57-year-old Diana Moroney of Chugiak, a community on the north side of Anchorage.

Troopers from Aniak late yesterday afternoon spotted an overturned Cessna 185 at the town site of Iditarod. The former mining town is a race checkpoint 280 miles northwest of Anchorage.

Troopers say the plane had dropped off supplies, and when taking off again, lost altitude, struck the Iditarod River and flipped.

Troopers say the plane was seriously damaged.

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