Troopers identify 2 Juneau men in plane crash near Haines

Two plane crashes took the lives of four people in Alaska on Saturday.

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Alaska State Troopers say David Kunat, a 29-year-old Juneau pilot and an adult male passenger from California both died when their plane crashed southwest of Haines Saturday morning.

Troopers said another passenger, 31-year-old Chan Valentine from Juneau, survived the crash and was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital by helicopter.

The NTSB also reports there was another fatal plane crash about 30 miles southeast of Fairbanks on Saturday.

81-year-old Sam Brice of Fairbanks and 64-year-old Howard “Buzz” Otis of North Pole died after the single-engine plane they were in crashed while landing near Fairbanks.

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Quinton Chandler is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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