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Plane crashes in Sterling, man hurt

Posted: July 8, 2011 - 8:00am  |  Updated: July 8, 2011 - 8:36am

A Sterling man flying a homebuilt, two-seater airplane crashed near Robinson Loop in Sterling Thursday afternoon.

Jerry Kincaid was flown via LifeMed to Providence Hospital in Anchorage for treatment of hopefully non-life-threatening injuries after bumping his head during the crash.

Kincaid, 74, took off from the Sterling Airpark, a private airstrip off the back of Robinson Loop, and lost power moments later. He managed to restart the engine, but could not maintain flight and was forced to make an emergency landing back on the airstrip.

Alaska State Troopers Public Information Officer Beth Ipsen said Kincaid was conscious when troopers, Central Emergency Services, and LifeMed responded. Ipsen said the LifeMed effort was more of a precaution to make sure Kincaid did not suffer a concussion or other internal injuries.

The plane - an experimental, fixed-wing, single-engine contraption - suffered damage to the undercarriage and landing gear.

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