Pilot, passenger uninjured after emergency plane landing, crash near Ninilchik

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A plane performed an emergency landing Wednesday on the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik and then flipped, but both occupants walked away unharmed, according to a dispatch from Alaska State Troopers.

The dispatch says the crash was reported around 4:30 p.m., and troopers responded to the downed aircraft near Mile 138 of the Sterling Highway, just south of Ninilchik.

The dispatch said the plane was a single engine, a 1946 Aeronca, being flown by Brian Bilodeau, a 26-year-old Kenai resident. According to the dispatch, Bilodeau made an emergency landing on the highway as a result of “engine trouble,” but after landing he struck the guardrail and flipped the plane into the ditch.

Despite the crash, both occupants were uninjured, the dispatch says.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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