Two injured in plane crash

Two Sterling residents were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for injuries sustained when their plane crashed on Swanson River Road on Thursday afternoon, a Central Emergency Services official said.

Mark Krueger, 34, was airlifted and Scott Steger, 44, was transported to CPH, said Brad Nelson, CES Health and Safety Officer.

Krueger was later transported to Anchorage for further treatment, Alaska State Troopers Spokesperson Megan Peters said. He is critical condition and currently being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

CPH Spokesperson Camille Sorensen said Steger has not given permission for his medical records to be released.

Swanson River Road is near the Sterling Elementary School.

The Super Cub crashed on private property near an airstrip after it hit a tree, and Nelson said the crash toppled a lot of trees.

Brice Banning, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said it appeared the plane was landing when it crashed.

There was no explosion but fuel had leaked from the plane, and it was flipped upside down and was resting on its nose.

Fire crews and several state troopers were on scene.

CES received the call at 3:12 p.m.

This is a breaking news story. More information will be posted soon.


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