Two killed in single-engine crash near Skagway

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A single-engine airplane crashed Wednesday in a mountain pass near Skagway, killing both people aboard.

The identity of the two victims was not immediately known. Emergency workers were unable to reach the crash site due to weather and terrain, said Skagway Police Chief Dennis Spurrier.

The Cessna 172, which left Juneau en route to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, crashed shortly after 11 a.m. in White Pass near the Canadian border.

State Department of Transportation employees at a nearby maintenance station witnessed the crash and called authorities, Spurrier said.

The aircraft came to rest upside down in a gully at about the 900-foot level above the Klondike Highway at about mile marker 12, Spurrier said.

At the time of the crash, fog and rain was reported in the area, Spurrier said. The cause of crash has not been determined.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at the crash site on Thursday.

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