Friend Remembers Plane Crash Victim

By Amanda Randles

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board is looking into the fatal plane crash that killed two people near McGrath. Clint Johnson says one of the four survivors told him the small aircraft struck the side of a mountain in fog so thick, it created whiteout conditions.

The plane was carrying all three teachers for the tiny village of Anvik when it went down Saturday night, killing one of the teachers just days before classes were set to begin.

The pilot – Ernie Chase – also died. Talkeetna resident Amanda Randles knew Chase her whole life, as a pilot and a friend, as has this remembrance.

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