- Associated Press - Monday, August 25, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Authorities have released a few more details about a small plane crash that injured the pilot and three cruise ship passengers on an excursion.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://is.gd/IDzm54) the small plane, a Navion-A operated by Kirst Aviation, was flying to Bettles when it crashed Sunday afternoon about 400 feet from the summit of the Brooks Range, near Atigun Pass.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the pilot, Forest Kirst, was taken to Anchorage for treatment. The three passengers were badly injured, in conditions ranging from serious to critical.

Johnson says two of the passengers were flown to the Lower 48 for treatment and the third to Fairbanks. Investigators will interview the pilot and first responders from the Alyeska Pipeline Co. Pump Station 4.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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