Effots to recover plane crash victim suspended until Tuesday

Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Efforts to recover the body of a man killed in a plane crash near Redoubt Volcano won't resume until Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

James Munson, 44, the pilot of the C-46 cargo plane operated by Everts Air Fuel, was killed Wednesday, along with co-pilot Fletcher Machen, 33, when their plane crashed on the western shore of Cook Inlet.

A search-and-rescue dog located Machen's body on Friday. Searchers using avalanche probes found the body buried under 2 feet of snow. Efforts to recover Munson's body were suspended Saturday because of high winds and poor visibility.

The Kenai-based men were returning to Kenai after making a fuel delivery to Nondalton when the crash occurred in bad weather.

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