Search suspended for 2 after plane crashes at Knik Arm

  • Saturday, August 8, 2015 9:43pm
  • News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials say they have suspended a search for two people believed to have been on board a small airplane that crashed near Anchorage’s north border.

The crash took place overnight Thursday, and the plane spotted early Friday morning on the mudflats of Knik Arm near the Birchwood Airport. The Anchorage Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard conducted air, land and sea efforts on Friday.

Three Civil Air Patrol aircraft had been deployed since 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead said in an email Saturday afternoon that the 11th Air Force’s Rescue Coordination Center had decided to suspend the efforts.

Authorities say friends and family will continue searching by air and on nearby public beaches for the two people, who have not been identified.

More in News

Image via Alaska Board of Fisheries
Statewide shellfish meeting rescheduled

This comes after the board bumped back its Southeast and Yakutat shellfish meeting

A State of Alaska epidemiology bulletin can be found at https://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/pages/default.aspx.
State updates STI protocol after reported drop

The state has been experiencing an outbreak since 2017

The Kenai Fire Department headquarters are photographed on Feb. 13, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Police identify remains found in burned car

Kenai Police and Fire departments responded to a car fire at Beaver Creek in Kenai on Jan. 7

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses members of the press on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Juneau, Alaska. (Screenshot)
Dunleavy talks upcoming session, lambasts media

In a press conference Monday, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy discussed his goals… Continue reading

Courtesy photo / Juneau Raptor Center
This golden eagle was rescued by the Juneau Raptor Center over the summer after being found weak and thin.
Rescue center, birdwatchers look back on 2021

Juneau Christmas bird count was way down this year.

This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by Japan Meteorological Agency and released by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (NICT via AP)
Tsunami advisory issued after eruption

An undersea volcano erupted Friday near the South Pacific island of Tonga, triggering concerns of damaging waves across Pacific coastlines

Flowers bloom at Soldotna City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Multiple public works projects underway in Soldotna

Soldotna City Council received an update on eight different projects

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Hospitalizations rise as state reports increase in COVID cases

There were a total of 112 COVID-related hospitalizations in Alaska as of Friday

Most Read