Palmer man dies in Matanuska River plane crash near Chickaloon
CHICKALOON, Alaska (KTUU) - One man is dead after crashing a small plane into the Matanuska River Thursday afternoon. Alaska State Troopers and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board responded to the incident around mile 77 of the Glenn Highway, near Chickaloon.
At approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, Alaska’s News Source received reports that a plane had crashed into the Matanuska River. The small plane was found sitting upside down in the river.
Troopers said that the pilot — reported on Friday as 46-year-old Joshua Seagrave of Palmer — died in the crash.
Investigators at the scene said they believe the plane clipped a cable hanging over the river that was connected to a property on one side. Authorities said they believe that two planes were flying near each other when the incident occurred and that the second plane was able to land and call for help.
Investigators with the NTSB said it appears that Seagrave may have been flying about 30 feet above the water when his plane hit the cable, which was suspended via a pulley system.
“Both wings were on opposite sides of the river, the fuselage of the aircraft was still intact, but upside down, submerged in about four feet of water,” Alaska Wildlife Trooper Lucas Hegg said.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.
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