December rain causes plane, car accidents

Freezing rain created hazardous conditions on the Central Peninsula on Wednesday, not only on the roads, but also in the air.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Sterling pilot, David Duncan, 49, crashed near the end of the airstrip near Duncan Landing Road after trying to land the plane.

Duncan received a minor injury and a 16-year-old female passenger sustained bumps and bruises. Emergency Medical Services were not needed, according to the report.

Duncan told responding troopers freezing rain had begun to work ice on the plane’s windshield.

Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters wrote in an email that the landing gear was torn off of the plane and there was “a lot of wing damage” too.

“It is unflyable in its current condition, and I don’t know if it can be fixed,” she wrote.

Duncan had taken off from Sterling and was flying to Port Graham, according to the report.

Kenai Police Lt. David Ross said the department saw a few accidents due to icy roads on Wednesday.

One accident involved two full-size SUVs. A driver on Forest Drive and a Nikiski-bound SUV on the Kenai Spur Highway collided, Ross said. No one involved in the crash was taken to the hospital. Traffic was reduced down to one lane on the Spur for a short time, he said.

Ross advised drivers use caution and slow down when roads are icy.

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory Wednesday afternoon effective until 6 a.m. today for the western Kenai Peninsula north of Clam Gulch.

— Staff report

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