- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The lone survivor of a commercial airplane crash in southeast Alaska that killed three Wrangell men remains in critical condition.

Ketchikan resident Morgan Enright, 21, was listed in critical condition at a Seattle hospital on Sunday. Alaska State Troopers have recovered the bodies of 60-year-old David Galla, 61-year-old Greg Scheff and 57-year-old Thomas Siekawitch, The Alaska Dispatch News reported (https://bit.ly/1N3canq).

Officials said Galla had been piloting the Cessna 206 on Friday when it crashed about 20 miles southeast of the village of Angoon, on Admiralty Island.

The plane went down near where a group of search and rescue organizations had gathered for a training event.

“The teachers are in town here in Sitka that teach all of the mountain rescue groups in Alaska,” said Sitka Mountain Rescue Capt. Lance Ewers. “We were all schooled up and ready to go.”

High winds had prevented helicopters from landing at the crash site. A Coast Guard helicopter crew was able to lower members of the Sitka rescue team to a location near the site, and they then hiked 400 feet up a mountain through snow to reach the plane.

“They found the aircraft right away, but because of the turbulence we were the first people on scene,” Ewers said. “When they got on scene they found the one lady still alive, so that was really encouraging and surprising.”

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Shaun Williams said the cause of the crash remains under investigation. He says the agency has not yet spoken with Enright due to her condition.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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