4 rescued after plane crashes near Soldotna
Alaska State Troopers say four elderly people are alive and well after their plane crashed near Soldotna on Thursday afternoon.
According to an online dispatch, the Cessna 180 was en route to Soldotna experienced engine failure and could not land at the airport. Around 2:13 p.m., troopers received a report from Alaska Air Traffic Control that the plane went down.
"The last known location provided placed the plane approximately 5 miles East of Soldotna Airport," troopers wrote. "Telephone contact with the Pilot confirmed there were no reported injuries, all 4 persons on board had been accounted for, and the plane did in fact crash land into the swamp area approximately 1 mile SE of 8 mile Funny River Road."
Troopers responded to the area and located the four survivors, ranging in age from 75 to 84 years old. They were found standing on the belly of their overturned plane, which was sitting in 4 feet of water surrounded by swamplands, according to the dispatch.
The survivors were dropped off to their family members in good health, troopers say.
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