UPDATE: Alaska State Troopers identify four people killed in Girdwood plane crash

Smoke rises from the scene of the Aug. 4 crash that killed four people. (Photo courtesy of anonymous)

The Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the four people killed in a plane crash in Girdwood.

AST says 31-year-old Charles Weimer, 60-year-old David Osborn, and 55-year-old Karl Erickson died in the crash.

All three were from Girdwood.

Troopers say 37-year-old Paul Wiley from Superior, Arizona also was killed.

Original story
The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report for the Aug. 4 plane crash in Girdwood that killed 4 people.

NTSB says a Piper PA22-150 was seen by witnesses flying parallel to a mountain ridge prior to entering a turn to the north, and then beginning a descent.

One witness says they saw the plane performing aggressive flight maneuvers.

NTSB says a certified flight instructor was on board, including a student pilot-rated passenger who was the registered owner of the airplane, and two other passengers.

The report shows the flight instructor was piloting the plane at the time.

The names of the people on board have not been released by investigators, but Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services, an Anchorage company, sent out an email to its employees confirming that the owner of the plane, Karl Erickson worked at the company.

According to a friend of the airplane owner, the purpose of the flight was to take friends on a short 15-20-minute aerial tour of the local Girdwood valley.

NTSB says the plane hit the south face of Goat Mountain and burst into flames. Officials say most of the wreckage was consumed by fire.

A detailed wreckage report is pending following wreckage recovery NTSB says.

To read the full report click here.

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