- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A pilot escaped injury when a small plane crashed during takeoff in the Cantwell area.

An Alaska State Troopers news release says 70-year-old David “Butch” Gratias was the only person aboard the Piper Super-Cub when it crashed Wednesday at the Susitna Glacier landing strip.

A Fairbanks-based trooper helicopter wasn’t available because of the weather. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://is.gd/RWnv54 ) the 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center responded with a military helicopter.

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

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