ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 2:15 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board says while it's too early to conclude a positive cause for the 2008 plane crash a spokesperson says there are indications of a post-crash fire.
In an interview with Channel 2 News, Alaska NTSB chief, Clint Johnson , said the fire makes evidence scarce. "This is a 9-year-old accident site" he added, "but there's definitely evidence we need to look at in the next couple of weeks."
Johnson says the wreckage is in a wooded area with canopies extending over 100 feet and posed a challenge for recovery teams.
Troopers confirmed Sunday that the wreckage found near Young Lake was the missing airplane from 2008.
Human remains were also found at the crash site, according to troopers.
AST says Juneau Mountain Rescue, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the FAA responded to the scene Saturday
Troopers say the remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for identification.
Almost 10 years after a plane went missing in a remote area near Juneau, the family of those aboard may finally find closure.
In 2008, Brian Andrews and his 24-year-old son Brandon had taken his son on a camping trip together. Brian, a deputy commissioner of revenue, was also a pilot, and the two had flown to Admiralty Island in their float plane.
That's when, authorities say, the plane vanished. In 2008, an extensive search party was launched, but neither the two men nor the plane were ever seen again.
Authorities at the time said that the two made a successful trip out from their cabin, and returned to retrieve the rest of their gear. The two never made it back.
Now, nearly 10 years after the plane disappeared, authorities say they may have found the wreckage of the plane, based on an identifiable tail marking on the plane.
Tim DeSpain, a spokesperson with the Alaska State Troopers, says they received a report that a wreckage had been found “in the vicinity of where this plane had gone missing.”
Another son of Brian, BJ Andrews, told KTUU that it looks like the plane successfully took off from Young Lake on Admiralty Island before it crashed, following the investigation into the location of the wreckage.
DeSpain says the wreckage appears to only be a mile-and-a-half hike from Young Lake.
According to BJ, a deer hunter found the plane in an area that had previously been searched in the past. DeSpain says, “my understanding of the area is that it’s heavily forested, making it nearly impossible to spot something on the ground from the air.”
The U.S. Forest Service has offered to fly representatives in the next couple of days from the Troopers, the National Transport Safety Board and Juneau Search and Rescue to the site, weather permitting, said DeSpain.
According to BJ, family and friends are having mixed feelings about the recent discovery. "For other people," BJ said, “I do think it's been a relief that there's pretty good evidence that the plane has been found."
BJ says authorities have not confirmed that this is his father's plane, but the photos he's seen of the wreckage match the plane's description. The family does not yet know the cause of the crash.
DeSpain says the person who reported the crash to Troopers found human remains at the site but this has not yet been confirmed by authorities.