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Pilot dead in small plane crash near Yentna River

By KTVA Web Staff 6:35 PM July 15, 2017

A plane crashed near Yentna River after the pilot got done shuttling people to a remote cabin north of Anchorage

According to Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska chief, sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. the pilot was ferrying people in his Aeronca Sedan plane, to his remote cabin, north of Anchorage. After that, he was due back at his home base in Sand Lake but didn’t show up at the time he was supposed to. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center was called to help search for the missing aircraft.

The plane and the pilot was found about 30 miles north of Anchorage sometime after noon Saturday, Johnson said. Saturday evening he said reports of the crash near the mouth of the Yentna River first came in at about 4:15 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers say they identified the pilot as 75-year-old Donald Wayne Frantz of Anchorage. Troopers and Talkeetna Fire and Rescue transported his remains to Lake Hood in Anchorage where it was turned over to the state medical examiner’s office.

The NTSB says the wreckage will be recovered once they finish up the on-scene investigation, which they said could take most of Sunday to complete.

Check back for updates.

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