HOUSTON, Alaska (KTUU) - Two people sustained minor injuries in a small plane crash near Houston on Saturday, Alaska State Troopers said.
According to a dispatch posted online, the 1949 Super Stinson lost power and crashed about a mile and a half North of Butterfly Lake. Three people were onboard the aircraft: a pilot and two passengers. Troopers were notified of the crash at around 6:15 p.m.
“Another aircraft in the area was able to land at a nearby lake and transported all occupants to Anchorage where they received treatment for their injuries at Providence Medical Center,” troopers wrote.
The pilot has been identified by troopers as 44-year-old Rusty Kline from Anchorage. The two passengers have been identified as 68-year-old Arthur Cordova and 69-year-old Ruth Cordova, both from Colorado Springs.
Brice Banning, a senior aircraft accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said that two of the aircraft’s occupants sustained minor injuries while the third person was uninjured.
According to Banning, the aircraft took off from Merrill Field on a sightseeing tour and was scheduled to return to Merrill without stopping. About 35 minutes into the flight, the aircraft sustained a loss of engine power and crashed.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash, troopers said.