Alaska State Troopers are looking for a Piper Super Cub airplane that was stolen from the Big Lake area. (more…)
Two Chinook helicopters from Fort Wainwright assisted in a medical evacuation on Mt. McKinley Wednesday. The rescue not only involved climbing rangers and theB Company, 1st Battlion, but also Alaska State Troopers. The 24 year old Pennsylvania man was taken to Fairbanks for evaluation.
PLANE CRASH— A Piper PA-18 crashed Friday afternoon near Susitna Landing. The pilot died in the accident. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers
On Friday afternoon, troopers reported that a man died in a plane crash at the end of the Susitna Landing Road . Around 2 p.m., a witness saw the Piper PA-18 clip the trees before crashing into trees near Susitna Landing Road. Responding troopers found the sole male occupant dead inside. The National Transportation Safety Board and the State Medical Examiner have been notified. NTSB takes over the investigation to determine the cause of the crash. The name of the man has not been released yet.
Update – Neal Burgess Burleson, 58, of Willow, was the sole occupant of the plane. He died when his Piper PA-18 Super Cub crashed at the end of Susitna Landing Road north of Willow.
A new project and new school curriculum is being planned for students at Su Valley High School. (more…)
Each year at this time there is a flurry of activity on the Kahiltna Glacier at 7,200 feet. The Sugar Bears (B company, 1st Battalion, 52 Aviation Regiment) fly south to Talkeetna to help the National Park Service in one of the most unusual peace time missions in the U.S. This year, KTNA reporter Sue Deyoe, flew up to the glacier in the Chinooks with the crew to assist in basecamp set up.
The Upper Valley is slated to bring the Build A Plane project to the Talkeetna Airport this fall. The project is complicated and involves businesses and the aviation community along with the involvement of students. ***the date for the introduction of the project has been changed to May 5th at 7 pm at the Roadhouse, not the 4th as runs in the story below.
The skies over Talkeetna and Denali are filled with helicopters of several types. The rescue helicopter for the Talkeetna Ranger Station is now on hand. Three Black Hawk helicopters and 3 Chinooks join the crowd.