Unalakleet man killed in plane crash

Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2000

MARSHALL (AP) -- A Unalakleet man was killed in a plane crash late Friday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Donald Irvine, 40, was taking off from the Yukon River village of Marshall for Unalakleet at about 10:30 p.m. when his plane crashed into a slough at the end of the runway.

Witnesses told troopers Irvine had been having engine trouble with the plane, a Cessna 337 Skymaster.

The plane sank in 15 feet of water and was not recovered. Irvine's body was recovered about three hours after the crash and was sent to Anchorage for autopsy.

Troopers said Irvine was a 19-year pilot who flew for Mission Aviation, based in Soldotna.

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