Birchwood fatal plane crash

A small plane crash near the Birchwood airport has taken one life.  The crash occurred Saturday afternoon, according to a Nixle alert sent out by the Anchorage Police Department shortly before 4 pm.

The crash resulted in the closure of Birchwood Spur Road for a time on Saturday, although the Birchwood airport runway remained open and vehicles were able to leave the area.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, and will release further information as it becomes available.

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