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vagabond 08-01-2010 10:14 PM

Plane Crashes In Denali National Park
From Associated Press:

updated 1 hour 16 minutes ago

ANCHORAGE, Alaska A large cargo-type plane crashed in Alaska on Sunday and burst into a deadly fireball that sparked a forest fire at Denali National Park, officials said.

Park spokeswoman Kris Fister said there are fatalities, but it's unclear how many because "the plane pretty much disintegrated."

The fire is challenging responders, who don't know who owns the multiengine aircraft, which went down near the park's northern border at 3:15 p.m.

No missing planes were immediately reported and military officials have said none of their planes were involved.

Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board said there are a number of large transport planes operating in Alaska.

George Clare, of Las Vegas, said he saw the plane flying very low and slowly while he was walking toward the visitor's center near the park entrance. He thought the plane was going to land on a local airstrip, so he proceeded to the visitor's center. Within minutes, people came running in and saying a plane had crashed.

He said the crash caused a column of smoke a few miles west of the visitor's center.

Clare said the aircraft looked like a military plane to him.

"It was a military khaki green kind of color," he said. "It was propellor-driven. It was a fixed wing aircraft and it had kind of a flat underbelly."
Doug Stockdale with the Alaska Fire Service said the fire was initially estimated at two square acres but could have grown larger. Smokejumper fire crews were flown to the scene, he said.

The crash happened just four days after a military cargo plane crashed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, killing four people onboard.

The victims were Maj. Michael Freyholtz, 34, of Hines, Minn.; Maj. Aaron Malone, 36, of Anchorage; Capt. Jeffrey Hill, 31, of York, Pa., and Master Sgt. Thomas Cicardo, 47, of Anchorage. Cicardo was posthumously promoted to senior master sergeant Friday.

The four airmen were on a training mission Wednesday evening for a weekend air show at the Air Force base, which wrapped up Sunday. The C-17 crashed about a minute after taking off.

Zapata 08-02-2010 04:15 AM

Cargo Plane Crash in AK
Crash: All West Freight C123 at Denali Park on Aug 1st 2010, impacted terrain

An All West Freight Fairchild C-123 Provider cargo aircraft, registration N709RR, crashed at the southern flanks of Mount Healy,AK (USA), about 1nm from the Mount Denali National Park head quarter and about 600 feet (200 meters) north of the Denali Park Road. All three crew perished in the crash.

The Park Authority reported three occupants on board of the aircraft, the aircraft burst into flames and caused a wild fire. All three occupants were killed in the impact, the airplane disintegrated.

The FAA confirmed N709RR was involved in the crash.

The aircraft was nicknamed "Large Marge" and had been used in the movie "Con Air" as "Jailbird".

My condolences to those close to them.

KC135guy 08-02-2010 04:33 AM

This is off MSNBC

The Fairchild C-123, went down near the park's eastern edge at 3:15 p.m. (9:15 a.m. ET), about 100 yards off the only major road in the park. The aircraft was registered to All West Freight, Inc. of Delta Junction, Alaska, Fister said.

cub pilot 08-02-2010 07:48 AM

Picture of C-123K Provider N709RR
Photos: Fairchild C-123K Provider Aircraft Pictures |

afterburn81 08-02-2010 05:46 PM

The thing that really stinks is the fact that we will probably never know what happened. Sad:(

USMCFLYR 08-02-2010 06:32 PM

I'm sad for the lost of the crew. Best wishes for the families as they deal with the loss.


johnso29 08-03-2010 10:56 AM

Tailwinds........ :(

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