Alaska State Troopers confirmed the bodies of two passengers were recovered Saturday in the fatal crash near Little Johnstone Bay.

Troopers spokesman Ken Marsh says their remains, along with those of pilot Kem Sibbit, were flown to Seward and will be transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office.

Marsh says the state medical examiner will identify the passengers' bodies. Next of kin will be notified before their names are released.

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Alaska State Troopers and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating and working to recover victims of a fatal plane crash near Little Johnstone Bay southeast of Seward.

Troopers say they received a report of the crash at approximately 6 p.m. Friday. Rescue personnel with Alaska Army National Guard were also alerted.

Before rescuers arrived on the scene, troopers say a Seward commercial helicopter confirmed there were no signs of life on the aircraft. 

According to NTSB Alaska regional chief Clint Johnson, the crash involved a single-engine plane. The site is on land but is only accessible by air and water, Johnson said.

The pilot of the Helio Courier has been identified as Kem Sibbit, 63, of Fairbanks.

It is believed that two other passengers were on the plane but they have not been positively identified, according to the troopers.


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