Body of man killed in December crash near Mount Redoubt recovered

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a man killed in a plane crash near Mount Redoubt last December has been recovered.

Alaska State Troopers recovered the body of James Munson, 44, of Nikiski Friday afternoon. Troopers were summoned to the site when a recovery team examining the aircraft wreckage spotted Munson's body.

Munson and his co-pilot, 33-year-old Fletcher Machen, were killed when their Everts Air Fuel C-46 crashed at Polly Creek on the western shore of Cook Inlet Dec. 20, 2000.

The men were returning to Kenai after making a fuel delivery to Nondalton when the crash occurred in bad weather.

A search team using avalanche probes and a search dog was able to recover Machen's body from under two feet of snow last December. But efforts to recover Munson's body at that time were halted, due to high winds and poor visibility.

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