Medevac Alaska remembers crew members in fatal Security Aviation crash
Two crew members with Medevac Alaska were onboard the plane that crashed and burned Friday near Cooper Landing, the air ambulance service confirmed Sunday afternoon.
Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Ken Marsh says Soldotna dispatchers first received reports of the crash just after 7 p.m. Friday. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center flew over the site but Marsh says weather kept anyone from searching from the ground right away.
Marsh confirmed the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group arrived at the site Sunday. Troopers say the remains of all three people on board were recovered and transported to the state medical examiner in Anchorage for positive identification.
In a Facebook post Sunday night, Medevac said its crew members aboard the plane were Robert Cartner and Maddox Burts.
"I could go on for pages on what this team meant to both us as a company as well as co-workers and friends but the simple truth is that these two [gentlemen] made us better, better as a company, better as providers and better as human beings," the Facebook post reads.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. According to FAA public affairs manager Ian Gregor, Security Aviation was operating the twin-engine Piper PA-31.
The chartered flight was scheduled to fly from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to Seward Airport, but Security Aviation said it was reported overdue. The plane crashed about 15 miles west of Quartz Creek Airport.
Security Aviation said Saturday evening they have suspended operations until further notice.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information about recovery efforts.
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