UPDATE: Missing men identified in Sitka plane crash

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SITKA, ALASKA (KTUU) — June 11, 5:45 p.m. Update:

Alaska State Troopers have identified the two men killed in a weekend floatplane crash in southeast Alaska.

Troopers say the pilot, 45-year-old Stonie Huffman of Sitka, and 66-year-old James Ronge of California died. Troopers didn't identify Ronge's hometown.

The float plane on Saturday night left Sitka for what was supposed to be a 20-minute flight over Katlian Bay and Olga Strait.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew discovered the downed aircraft late Sunday in the Katlian River. The river flows into Katlian Bay north of Sitka.

The men were the sole occupants of the plane.

June 11, 4 p.m. Update:
Coast Guard members have found the second man further down the Katlian River from the crash site on Monday.

Both were transferred to the Sitka Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Neither men have yet been identified.

June 11, 9 a.m. Update:

One of the two people on board a missing floatplane have been found, according to officials, after search crews in a Jayhawk helicopter found the downed plane.

Charly Hengen, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard, said Monday that the plane was spotted late Sunday night in the Katlian River, near the bay.

One person was found dead inside, and the other person reportedly in the plane was missing, Hengen said.

The search is continuing Monday morning for the other person. The identity of the person killed, as well as the person still missing, is not yet being released. Hengen said they were still attempting to contact the victim's family.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Original Story:

Crews with the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for an overdue floatplane near Sitka. The USCG says the aircraft is a white and red colored PA-18 Super Cub.

The aircraft departed from the Sitka Seaplane Docks Saturday but never returned, according to a U.S. Coast Guard press release.

Two people were on board, the plane was planned to fly for an estimated 20-minute tour of Katlian Bay and Olga Strait, just north of Sitka.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Air National Guard and Civil Air Patrol are assisting in searching for the missing plane.



 
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