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2 survive plane crash between villages in Southwest Alaska

By KTVA / AP 7:57 AM January 17, 2017
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) –

Last updated at 1:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17

Two people in a small airplane survived a crash between southwest Alaska villages.

Alaska State Troopers say a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night.

Investigators say the airplane left Dillingham on a flight to Port Heiden but landed in Pilot Point because of bad weather.

The airplane took off again from Pilot Point and crashed.

The Piper Cherokee operated by Van Air went down around 3:30 p.m., according to a report from KDLG.

The Coast Guard sent out a helicopter from Kodiak to search. Ground crews from Pilot Point and Port Heiden also searched.

The helicopter found the wreckage shortly after 5 p.m. and crew members medically evaluated the survivors before transporting them to additional medical care.

The pilot, Matt Vandeventer, and passenger Gerda Kosbruk were transported by helicopter from the scene, according to AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. She described their injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

Correction: An earlier version of this report included a misspelling of one of the victim’s names, as originally reported by KDLG. This has been amended. 

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