Searchers reach plane wreck, recover bodies

Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bodies of two Anchorage pilots were recovered Friday from the wreckage of a DC-3 cargo plane on the side of the mountain above Unalaska.

Officials confirmed that the victims of the crash were pilot Jody Pond, 53, and co-pilot Angela Drennan, 39, according to Sgt. John Nichols of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

Photo identification was found on Pond's body and in Drennan's knapsack at the crash site, Nichols said. Their remains were flown aboard an Air Force C-130 cargo plane to Anchorage for an autopsy.

The Majestic Air Cargo plane took off for Anchorage Tuesday night from Unalaska carrying 2,350 pounds of seafood.

The wreckage was spotted Wednesday about 1,500 feet up the side of an inactive volcano. It was broken apart on the steep slope, and by Friday the tail section had slid 1,000 feet, said James Hasenohrl, director of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

A Coast Guard helicopter transported two four-member search teams to the wreck site. Searchers dug through fresh snow covering the wreck in an avalanche chute. Winds of 50 mph caused whiteout conditions, Hasenohrl said.

The eight-member team included local volunteers, members of the Air National Guard 210th Rescue Squadron and an investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board.

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