Pilot's body recovered from Yukon River after crash
Authorities say they've found the body of a pilot whose plane crashed earlier this week in the Yukon River.
The body of 31-year-old Kyle Stevens was recovered Friday evening, according to Alaska State Troopers. Stevens' Cessna 205 crashed Monday night during a flight from Russian Mission to Bethel.
Troopers say SONAR was used to locate Stevens' body in the river. Next of kin has been notified.
The plane was reported overdue at about 6:30 p.m. Monday en route from Russian Mission to Bethel when Stevens was flying with another pilot but never reached Bethel. The caller said that during the flight, he and Stevens encountered heavy fog "around the area of the Russian Hills."
The Cessna was discovered in the Yukon River about 10 miles downriver from Russian Mission and towed ashore; Stevens wasn't found, and search efforts continued throughout the week.
Civil Air Patrol aircraft from Bethel and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Kotzebue were launched Tuesday to assist in an aerial search for the pilot.
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