Pilot killed in crash of Yute cargo plane

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2002

BETHEL (AP) -- A Wasilla man was killed Monday when the cargo plane he was piloting crashed on a flight from Bethel to Chevak, Alaska State Troopers said.

David Neel, 58, was flying the Yute Air Cargo plane that went down about 80 miles west of Bethel yesterday, troopers said. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center picked up an emergency locator transmission from the area at 12:30 p.m.

The Army National Guard was dispatched with medical personnel and arrived on the scene at about 4:30 p.m. Neel's body was recovered from the crash site at about 8 p.m. Neel was the only person on board the plane.

Troopers said weather in the area at the time of the crash was poor, with limited visibility and icing conditions.

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