Pilot walks away after plane crashes into Mat-Su tree
A second small plane has crashed in as many days in the Mat-Su, after responders say a flight Thursday night ended in a tree – but with no major injuries reported.
Otto Feather, director of the Mat-Su Borough’s emergency services, said responders were called just after 6 p.m. to an area off Bogard Road north of Wasilla for a single-engine plane crash. It wasn’t immediately clear why the plane went down, but the sole occupant survived.
“The pilot of the aircraft walked away from it refusing treatment,” Feather said.
An Alaska State Trooper dispatch identified the pilot as 53-year-old Wasilla resident Timothy M. Delph, saying he was unhurt in the crash.
"Timothy reported no injuries and was in good condition," troopers wrote. "Timothy reported a bad landing which resulted in him leaving the side of the runway and striking numerous trees. The Super Cub Timothy was operating sustained moderate damage."
The plane was attempting to land at Anderson Lake Airport, an airstrip operated by a homeowners' association. Residents in the area can get into planes parked outside their homes, taxi directly to the airstrip and take off.
One of the people at the crash site said Delph had told him he misread the approach and wind speed while landing. The plane ended up in trees behind a home on Sams Drive near the airport.
The crash comes a day after a fatal midair collision over the mouth of the Susitna River, in which one pilot managed to land in Anchorage but the other crashed into the river. Spernak Airways pilot James Poelman’s body has been recovered from Wednesday’s crash, where investigators hope to retrieve his Cessna 207 as well.
The outcome of Thursday’s crash was a relief, according to Feather.
“Anything without loss of life or limb is always good,” Feather said.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators approved the removal of the Super Cub from the tree Thursday, troopers said.
"AST would like to thank the numerous citizens who came to the assistance of Timothy after the crash," troopers wrote.
Dave Leval contributed information to this story.
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