plane crash

U.S. Forest Service

A heavy-lift helicopter moved a badly damaged firefighting airplane over the weekend from a remote site near Circle to an airstrip in Central. From there, the airframe and engine will be taken to the Lower 48, where federal investigators will study them to determine what caused the water-scooping aircraft to go down on July 14th.

U.S. Forest Service

The pilot flying a small water-scooping air tanker fighting a fire near Circle escaped injury Tuesday after he ran into a problem that damaged the aircraft.

Four Survive Forestry Plane Crash

May 28, 2020
David Mattson, Aniak

A state Division of Forestry plane crashed in Aniak Thursday.  Forestry spokesperson Tim Mowry says the pilot and three passengers, all firefighters from Hooper Bay and Aniak, who were headed to a state wildfire base in Soldotna, survived the accident.

"The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Aniak airport, and fortunately, all four people were able to get out - suffered injuries, serious, but non-life-threatening injuries - and they were medevacked to Anchorage.”

A State Trooper report says the state-owned plane: an Aero Commander 500, crashed into a pool of water in a gravel pit. Mowry says the aircraft is a total loss, and the wreckage has been secured. The accident is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.


The chief of Alaska’s National Transportation Safety Board office has released additional information about the people and plane involved in an Aug. 12 crash at a remote airstrip about 40 miles southwest of Delta Junction.

“No injuries,” he said. “Definitely substantial damage to the airplane.”