Aircraft force landed on a road and struck a pole.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Saturday afternoon, a Cessna 182 crashed near Mile 90 of the Parks Highway.
Emergency crews responded around 4:00 p.m. to a crashed aircraft, including Alaska State Troopers and personnel from multiple EMS divisions in the Upper Valley.
The crashed aircraft is registered to Robert Hill of Naknek, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, but there is no confirmation at this time of who was piloting the aircraft.
The pilot was transported from the scene of the crash to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center by ambulance, and was reportedly conscious at the time he was taken from the scene. The Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilot as 51-year-old Ronald Scott Hernandez of King Salmon. Troopers say Hernandez suffered minor injuries.
Matanuska Electric Association confirmed that the crash caused a power loss to about 2,600 customers. Matanuska Electric Association was able to re-route electricity for about 1,500 of its members within two hours. Final repairs were completed early on Sunday morning.
Original article can be found here: http://www.alaskapublic.org
WILLOW, Alaska (KTUU) UPDATE:
According to Chief Mahlon Greene with the Caswell fire department the pilot tried to land on the highway and hit some power lines before landing in a ditch propped up on the trees.
The pilot of the private plane has minor injuries and was the only person on board, according to Chief Greene.
Firefighters say the highway was never completely shut down, but Alaska State Troopers are still on the scene.
Chief Greene says the NTSB will investigate the crash.
Willow Firefighters say they have been put on standby as the Caswell fire department responds to a plane crash near milepost 89 of the Parks Highway.
One person is being transported to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, according to first responders.
Around 4:30 p.m., Matanuska Electric Association posted on its Facebook page a power outage at the Stevens Substation affecting more than 2,000 members. It's unclear if the outage is related to the plane crash at this time.
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