2 hurt in night flight's crash near Willow Airport
A late-night small-plane crash near the Willow Airport left a pilot and an instructor to an area hospital Saturday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Word of the crash, west of the airport, reached troopers just before midnight according to an online dispatch. The plane’s pilot, 20-year-old Robin Spaulding, and 29-year-old passenger John Cabaud are both Talkeetna residents.
The wreck occurred while Cabaud was teaching Spaulding “night flight operations,” troopers said.
“While performing a training maneuver the plane crashed,” troopers wrote. “Robin and John suffered injuries which are not considered life-threatening.”
Troopers and Willow firefighters were unable to reach the crash site, but an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter rescued Spaulding and Cabaud. They were taken to an area hospital.
Staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage listed Spaulding in fair condition Sunday afternoon, but didn't have a listing for Cabaud.
Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office, said the crashed plane was a Cessna 206. Investigators haven't yet been able to speak with either of its occupants as they receive treatment.
"Both of them are classified as serious injuries for us," Johnson said.
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