The pilot of a plane that crashed on a road in Wasilla was not injured, according to Alaska State Troopers and the National Transportation Safety Board.
At 8:30 a.m., troopers and the Mat-Su Borough Fire Department responded to reports of an airplane crash on Seward Meridian Parkway near Image Audio.
They arrived to find a downed PA-18 Supercub that had been piloted by 42-year-old Jeffery Burwell.
Burwell told troopers he was going to King Salmon to go bear hunting, but during an attempted takeoff from a nearby airstrip, he did not get enough lift and struck a light pole in the parking lot of Image Audio, causing the plane to nose onto the asphalt and slide across an ATV trail.
The plane skidded to a stop on the highway, spilled approximately 10 gallons of gas and stopped traffic for more than an hour, according to AST spokesperson Megan Peters.
The plane was valued at $80,000 and was reported to be a total loss.
Editor's Note: Updated to include pilot's identity. KTUU's Austin Baird contributed to an update of this story.