State Senate candidate uninjured in plane crash

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Fairbanks man running for state Senate and his passenger escaped injury Thursday after their small plane crashed near Beaver Creek 45 miles east of Fairbanks.

Ralph Seekins, 57, was at the controls of the plane. He is running for state Senate District D against state Rep. John Davies, D-Fairbanks. Seekins' passenger was Larry Gregersen, whose age and hometown were not available.

Alaska State Troopers said the plane apparently crashed on landing near Seekins' cabin in the Beaver Creek area.

The plane came to rest in trees and water with the tail submerged and was substantially damaged.

Since the tail was submerged, the plane's emergency locator transmitter could not be deactivated and will remain active until the tail of the plane can be removed from the water, troopers said.

Troopers said Seekins signaled a second plane that transported him and Gregersen to Fairbanks.



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