ID'd: Family of 5 Killed in Plane Crash in Birchwood
The people on board the plane were members of the Greiner family from Eagle River who were heading to Seldovia for an overnight trip.
A Cessna 180 carrying five people crashed onto railroad tracks shortly after take off from the Birchwood Airport killing everyone on board; the crash was first reported at 10:14 a.m.
According to Anchorage police, the people on board the plane were members of the Greiner family from Eagle River who were heading to Seldovia for an overnight trip.
The crash victims have been identified as 46-year-old Lonn Greiner, his mother, 69-year-old Carolyn Greiner, and Lonn’s three children, 13-year-old Glory, 11-year-old Nathan, and 10-year-old Grace.
According to eye witness reports, the plane took off around 10 a.m., ascended, but apparently stalled shortly thereafter, plummeting to the ground and appeared to have exploded on impact. Police say the plane was “immediately engulfed in flames.”
NTSB officials remain on site investigating the cause of the crash.
Next of kin has been notified.