Wasilla police identify pilot killed in crash near airport

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wasilla police have released the name of the pilot killed last week in an airplane crash at the city airport.

    Police said the man killed Thursday afternoon was 61-year-old John Hutchison of Big Lake.

    Anchorage television station KTVA reported Hutchison was the only person on board the experimental aircraft.

    Wasilla police officers spotted the airplane experiencing apparent mechanical issues.

    They said Hutchison was attempting to return to the airport when he crashed.

    Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board said the airplane took off at a steep angle and the left wing dropped before the plane crashed nose first onto a road.

    The cause of the crash has not been determined.

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