Investigation of fatal Kasilof plane crash underway

The National Transportation Safety Board has completed an initial investigation of a plane crash that killed two on Saturday in Kasilof.

Air Safety Investigator Shaun Williams said he arrived on the scene about 3 miles down South Cohoe Loop Road at “about 12:30 in the morning.” He completed an on-scene investigation of the Cessna 180 and returned to his base in Anchorage on Sunday afternoon, where the rest of the work will take place.

“As of right now, the wreckage will be removed to a secure location,” Williams said.

A preliminary report will be released in five to 10 days, Williams said. A “very detailed” examination of the small aircraft will take place in a hangar when it is recovered, and a final report of NTSB’s findings will be released in 10-12 months, Williams said.

“We always have that same timeframe on them (investigations),” he said.

The plane was owned and piloted by Brian Nolan, 69, when it went down in the woods just off South Cohoe Loop Road. His passenger Peter Lahndt, 57, was also killed in the crash.

— Megan Pacer

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