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Pilot killed in plane crash outside of Nome identified

By KTVA CBS 11 News 2:49 PM March 6, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

Last updated at 4:03 p.m. on Monday, March 6

Alaska Sate Troopers say a pilot was killed when his plane went down near Nome.

The pilot, identified as 28-year-old Wasilla resident Thomas Grainger, was flying from Wasilla to Nome, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters wrote. The Cessna 172 was unable to land in Nome due to weather, and was later reported overdue on Monday morning around 5:40 a.m.

The scene of the plane crash near Nome. Courtesy Alaska State Troopers

Grainger’s last communication was at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Peters. Nearly 12 hours later, Nome search and rescue personnel found the aircraft at Hastings Creek, 10 miles east of Nome.

Grainger was confirmed dead at the scene, Peters said, noting that the state medical examiner’s office had been notified.

He was the only person aboard the plane, Peters confirmed. She said later his family has been notified of his death.

Troopers also notified the National Transportation Safety Board, which will conduct an investigation of the crash, according to Peters.

Attempts to reach the agency were not immediately successful.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Allen Kenitzer confirmed his agency was also involved in the crash investigation. 

This is a developing story; please check back for updates as they become available. 

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