Troopers release names of Skwentna plane crash victims

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two men who died in a plane crash near Skwentna last week.

Daniel Schenkenberger, 43, of Anchorage and his 63-year-old father, Thomas Schenkenberger, of Colorado died in the crash.

Daniel Schenkenberger had flown from Anchorage to Skwentna with his father Wednesday, intending to visit his cabin, said trooper Skip Chadwell.

Schenkenberger worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Chadwell said. After his wife reported him overdue Friday, co-workers and friends from the FAA found Schenkenberger's PA-18 Piper Cub in thick brush about 1,000 feet off the east end of the Skwentna runway Friday night.

Schenkenberger had closed his flight plan Wednesday, signaling that he had reached Skwentna, Chadwell said. Several local residents reported hearing a loud boom about that time but could find nothing when they investigated.

Troopers recovered the remains of the two men Saturday. The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the accident.

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