Monday, September 26, 2022

Cessna 180A Skywagon, N9728B: Fatal accident occurred September 25, 2022 in Skwentna, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in Whiskey Lake, Alaska 

Date: 25-SEP-22
Time: 23:09:00Z
Regis#: N9728B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax:  0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

 Janell Rude

On September 25, 2022 at 3:51 pm, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified of a plane crash on Whiskey Lake near Skwentna. 

The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center dispatched an Air Force rescue team to the site. 

The rescue team located the plane with the sole occupant deceased.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers flew to the scene aboard DPS HELO 3 and located the Cessna 180A Skywagon fully submerged in the lake.

The deceased pilot, 67-year-old Anchorage resident Janell Rude was recovered by a joint effort involving both the Troopers and military rescue swimmers already on scene.

Next of kin has been notified, and the remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified.

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