Monday, October 29, 2012

Commercial plane crashes outside Emmonak, Alaska

EMMONAK, Alaska - The pilot of an air taxi spent a night in the cold after a crash landing outside the village of Emmonak, a village at the mouth of the Yukon River 10 miles from the Bering Sea.

Alaska State Troopers say a Grant Aviation flight with only the pilot on board crashed Saturday about 4.1 miles south of the village. Troopers took a call on the crash at 7:30 p.m.

Investigators say pilot Cody McCall experienced mechanical problems and was forced to make an emergency landing. He was not injured.

Foul weather and dangerous conditions on the Yukon prevented a rescue effort until Sunday. Two boat crews sent from Emmonak picked McCall up at about 1 p.m.

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