Three dead in airplane crash

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Three people have died in a plane crash about 50 miles southwest of Glennallen.

A Cessna 206 piloted by Glyn Bindon, 66, of Homer crashed Tuesday between Gunsight and Sheep mountains, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bindon and two passengers on board, Mark Duvall, 47, and his wife, Tammy Duvall, 36, both of Homer, were killed, the troopers said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Joette Storm said the plane was flying from Homer to Whitehorse.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Bindon is believed to have ''buzzed'' a friend's airstrip at Mile 81 of the Glenn Highway about 10 a.m. Tuesday. The friend, who had taught Bindon to fly, recognized his plane, Wilkinson said.

It was probably 20 minutes later that the plane crashed near Mile 100, Wilkinson said.

Troopers said Kenai Flight Service contacted relatives of Bindon when the plane did not show up at the time indicated on his flight plan.

Family members notified the Rescue Coordination Center and also began searching for the plane themselves using their personal aircraft, troopers said. Family members sighted the wreckage about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities confirmed that the three people on board died, but they have been unable to recover the bodies or investigate the crash site because of strong winds and clouds.

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