Alaska State Troopers say a small plane crashed near Palmer Tuesday night, with one of the two people on board medevaced to Anchorage for treatment of injuries.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says troopers were informed of the Aeronca C-85’s crash, in the vicinity of Skyranch Loop, just after 7:45 p.m.
“It looks like the plane crashed while trying to land,” Peters said. “It was actually the pilot who ended up getting transported to Anchorage by LifeMed Alaska.”
Along with troopers and the LifeMed flight, members of the Palmer Fire Department and Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services also responded to the scene. Peters says it’s not initially clear how severely the pilot was injured.
Troopers say Russell Dunlap of Palmer was piloting the C-85 when he attempted a landing at Sky Ranch. According to a Troopers report, the plane overshot the runway and came to rest in a wooded area off Sky Ranch Loop.
Dunlap had one passenger in the plane at the time, 22-year-old Davis Dunlap of Palmer. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Russel was transported by helicopter to Mat-Su Regional Hospital for treatment.
Troopers have alerted the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration of the crash. The NTSB’s chief Alaska investigator, Clint Johnson, says an investigator had been assigned to the crash, but he couldn’t immediately verify details about what happened.
Channel 2 reporter Josh Staab contributed to this report.