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Park Service identifies Minnesota woman killed in crash

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service has identified the Minnesota woman killed July 4 in a small plane crash near Mount McKinley.

Lois Churchill, 54, of Northfield, Minn., was a passenger in a Super Cub piloted by Larry Erie of Wasilla.

Erie, a Department of Fish and Game employee based in Palmer, also died in the crash.

The wreckage from the red and white Super Cub was found Monday in Anderson Pass, 25 miles northeast of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park and Preserve. It was found along a route commonly used by small planes flying over the Alaska Range. Both bodies were recovered.

Erie and Churchill had left from an airstrip just north of Anchorage at about noon July 4. Erie left a message for his son saying that they were headed toward Mount McKinley and would return by evening. Erie indicated to his son that he was checking out moose hunting sites.

When the two failed to return, a friend reported the plane overdue.

The Civil Air Patrol began searching Saturday.



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