Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8
Alaska State Troopers say a Sterling pilot was injured but survived a plane crash on the Kenai River Wednesday.
Troopers, Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Parks personnel responded to the crash scene near Sterling just before 3 p.m., according to an online trooper dispatch.
A Piper PA-18 plane crashed into a riverbank of the Kenai, injuring 27-year-old pilot Charley Tegerdine, troopers wrote. Tegerdine was taken to and treated at Central Peninsula Hospital.
“Tegerdine reported experiencing mechanical issues with the flight controls immediately prior to the crash,” the dispatch stated.
Troopers said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service and National Transportation Security Board (NTSB) were notified of the crash and have assumed jurisdiction over the investigation.
NTSB spokesman Clint Johnson said the pilot suffered serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates as they become available.