ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Update (8:07 p.m.) -
Alaska State Troopers have tentatively identified the victims of the plane crash near Moose Pass. The bodies of the victims are not yet recovered, but believed to be the pilot, 73-year-old Michael Scott Christy and his wife, 69-year-old Jean Tam, both from Anchorage, along with 29-year-old Suzanne Glass from Sterling, Virginia.
Troopers say 28-year-old Andrea Joy Cooper is the sole survivor of the crash and is hospitalized in critical condition.
An Alaska State Trooper helicopter crew is expected to return to the crash site Sunday to retrieve the deceased victims.
Original story (12:08 p.m.) -
Three people are dead and one is seriously injured following a fatal plane crash near Moose Pass and Tern lake on Friday.
The National Transportation Safety Board public information officer Clint Johnson says they were notified of the crash around 6:00 p.m. Friday and currently have investigators in route.
Trooper dispatch reports that the aircraft's Emergency Locator Transmitter was activated in mountainous terrain near mile 37 on the Seward Highway.
They confirm that the small plane was traveling with four people on board. The only survivor was rescued by Alaska Air National Guard Pararescuers who responded to the crash and transported the survivor to Providence ER in critical condition.
An Alaska State Trooper Helicopter will be flying in an attempt to recover the 3 other victims but recovery efforts are impeded because of the smoke from the nearby Swan Lake Fire.