Sunday, May 04, 2014

Taylorcraft BC12-D, N64518: Accident occurred May 04,2014 in Wasilla, Alaska

NTSB Identification: ANC14CA027
Accident occurred Sunday, May 04, 2014 in Wasilla, AK
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12 D, registration: N64518

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.


Helicopter Removes Plane Stuck in Trees; Edward Merren, 58, survives Sunday Wasilla crash that lodges plane in trees

ANCHORAGE - A small airplane crashed into a group of trees in Wasilla shortly after takeoff Sunday afternoon, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

AST spokesperson Timothy Despain said a sudden gust of crosswind pushed the Taylorcraft airplane landed in trees near Meadow Lakes Drive just after taking off from a nearby airstrip. The plane was stuck nearly 50 feet off the ground.

58-year-old Edward T. Merren of Wasilla, the pilot and sole occupant of the plane, was not injured during the crash, according to troopers. But he was not able to exit the aircraft until emergency responders arrived.

Emergency responders were initially unable to use heavy equipment in the area because the ground was soft from breakup, but MEA used a boom truck to rescue Merren.

A helicopter removed the plane from the trees and lowered it to the ground on Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified and will investigate the incident.

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