Four rescued after plane crash near Eagle River

Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four people were rescued by the Alaska Air National Guard on Tuesday night after their plane crashed near the Eagle River Nature Center.

A spokeswoman in the Anchorage office of the Federal Aviation Administration said three of the people were not injured and one person had minor injuries. They were transported from the crash site to Alaska Regional Hospital.

Hikers saw the Cessna 172 flying low near the nature center. Maryann Swalberg, walking on a trail near the center with her husband and two grandchildren, said the plane looked like it was ''just gliding.''

An Air National Guard HH60 Pavehawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squad reached the crash site at about 7:45 p.m. The four people on board were hoisted onto the helicopter and flown to an Anchorage hospital.

Names of the people on board the plane were not available from investigating agencies.

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