Juneau man dead in plane crash

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A pilot was killed after his Beechcraft airplane crashed into wetlands outside the Juneau International Airport on Wednesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

The pilot, Charles Thomas Madsen, Sr., 52, of Juneau, was taxiing to make a right turn from a runway when his aircraft traveled down into the wetlands, approximately 600 feet south of the runway. Madsen was the only person in the plane.

Shortly before 4:30 p.m. troopers were notified of the crash, and the Juneau police and fire departments responded. Madsen's body was removed from the aircraft and sent to Anchorage for autopsy.

The National Transportation Safety Board authorized removal of the aircraft from the crash site to a hangar because the tide was coming in.

Both the NTSB and Juneau police are investigating.

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