Troopers Puzzle Over Plane Found On Knik Mudflats Sans Pilot, Passengers

A small airplane was found Friday morning on Knik Arm mudflats near a small Anchorage airport but state and federal authorities say they don’t know who was on board.

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Alaska State Troopers in Palmer took a call just after midnight reporting a downed airplane west of Birchwood Airport. The airport is near Anchorage’s north border.

The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center launched airplanes to search and the small airplane was found at 6:10 a.m. about two miles northeast of the Birchwood Airport.

No pilot or passengers were with the downed airplane.

Troopers say the downed airplane may have left from the McGrath area. No flights have been reported as overdue. Troopers say a search is continuing.