Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have recovered the wreckage of the deadly float plane crash near Valdez.

The wreckage of the upside down plane had been moored to land as it sat in Cascade Bay, about 20 miles southwest of the city. It vanished last Wednesday after it broke free.

NTSB Alaska Chief Clint Johnson said investigators found it again Friday, beached during low tide. Johnson said the NTSB was able to document the scene, remove parts of the landing gear system and the on-scene portion of the investigation.

The next step was returning the wreckage to Wasilla or Anchorage. In a phone conversation Thursday morning, Johnson confirmed the recovered plane had been transported to Big Lake. 

Alaska State Troopers have stated 56-year-old Scott Johannes of Wasilla, tried to land in the bay when it crashed and flipped. Johannes and an unidentified passenger survived and escaped the wreckage. Troopers said 75-year-old William Resinger of Palmer remained trapped and died.

A preliminary report from the NTSB is expected to be released Friday or early next week.

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