Pilot dead in Matanuska River plane crash

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Authorities declared the sole occupant of a plane deceased Thursday after their plane hit a cable before crashing in a river.

    On Thursday afternoon at 12:48 pm, Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a report of an airplane crash located in the Matanuska River near Mile 77 of the Glenn Highway.  

    Wildlife and state troopers responded to the scene.

    The FAA and NTSB were contacted, and the NTSB arrived on scene shortly after.  

    The Matanuska Dive Team responded and launched their boat to access the site.

    The adult male pilot was the sole person in the aircraft and was declared deceased on scene. MTR Towing arrived on scene and with the help of the Dive Team were able to remove the aircraft from the river.

    The body was removed from the fuselage and turned over to a local funeral home vehicle.

    Further investigation revealed there was another aircraft flying with this aircraft and witnessed the aircraft hit a cable and crash.

    Next of kin notification procedures are ongoing.

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