Plane flips taking off from McKinley base camp

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2002

TALKEETNA (AP) -- A small airplane that flipped while taking off from a Mount McKinley base camp may be removed as early as Tuesday.

A Talkeetna Air Taxi Cessna 185 carrying five people went down at about 11:30 p.m. Friday at the Kahiltna Glacier airstrip.

Talkeetna Air Taxi owner Paul Roderick said one of his pilots was flying staff members and friends to the base camp after work to deliver pizzas to climbers and the base camp manager.

The plane touched down and flipped while trying to leave the strip at 7,200 feet. The pilot and passengers were not injured.

The Kahiltna Glacier strip was closed overnight but reopened Saturday.

A chartered helicopter may be hired to fly the plane out.

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