Wasilla pilot escapes after crash, fire

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla pilot escaped injury Thursday after her small airplane crashed and burned at the Anderson Lake Airstrip in Wasilla.

Fifty-five-year-old Sherry L. Pinckley was alone in the Cessna 172-B.

Alaska State Troopers said the plane damaged and lost its nose wheel upon landing at about 12:35 p.m. The plane came to a stop striking the ground with its propeller.

Pinckley was wearing a four-point harness. She exited the plane on the passenger side and the plane burst into flames, troopers said.

The fire burned most of the fuselage, including the motor, cabin interior and its contents.

The local fire department had extinguished the flames by the time troopers arrived. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the incident.

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