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Recovery crew return with bodies from Haines crash

Posted: Friday, August 03, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- An Army National Guard helicopter returned Thursday with the bodies of six people killed this week when their single-engine plane crashed while on a sightseeing tour of the Glacier Bay National Park.

Recovery efforts had been stalled Tuesday by weather and again Wednesday when the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter broke down while at the crash site.

The Cherokee Six plane, operated by LAB Flying Service, crashed on the Davidson Glacier Monday. The wreckage was located about 12 miles south of Haines.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. The NTSB is considering collecting the wreckage of the plane for further study, said Clint Johnson, NTSB investigator.

Pilot Chad Beers, 26, of Juneau; tour guide Marianne Cederberg, 55, of Toronto, and four German tourists were killed. The tourists were identified as Helmut Auer, of Baden-Wurtemberg; Martin Federhofer, of Hamburg; and Uwe Kahlbohm, 59, and his wife, Siegrid, 65, of Bremerhaven.

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