Plane crashes at Lake Hood airstrip
Emergency crews and investigators responded Friday to a plane crash at the Lake Hood airstrip in Anchorage.
Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska chief, said the crash involved "substantial damage but minor injuries."
Trudy Wassel, a Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport spokeswoman, said the crash was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m.
The National Transportation Safety Board says the Piper PA 18 Supercub was taking off from the water when the plane lost engine power. The pilot, who has not yet been identified, was able to turn the aircraft around and attempted to land at the airstrip but landed in a grassy area.
The pilot sustained a minor leg injury, the NTSB says; the passenger was not injured. There were only two people onboard at the time of the incident.
"A light aircraft did go down next to the strip," Wassel said. "The pilot did exit the aircraft."
The same airstrip was the site of a June 13 landing by midair collision survivor Bruce Markwood, after Wasilla pilot James Poelman crashed into the Susitna River and died.
Last week, a floatplane ran aground with damage but no injuries during a landing on the lake.
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