1 dead, 1 injured in plane crash on North Slope

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - Authorities say a pilot has died and a passenger was injured in a plane crash on the North Slope.

    KTUU-TV reported that the single-engine aircraft was en route Thursday to a research field site when it crashed about 70 miles southeast of Utqiagvik.

    A North Slope Borough official said rescue crews responded to an emergency beacon from the lone passenger, researcher Ben Jones.

    The pilot Jim Webster died before crews made it to the crash site.

    They were the only two aboard the plane. Jones was taken to a hospital but is expected to recover.

    An investigation is underway.

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