A plane carrying four went down in mountainous terrain near Moose Pass on Friday, the Alaska State Troopers report. Three are confirmed dead. One passenger was airlifted out and taken to the Providence Anchorage Medical Center emergency department.
The dead have been tentatively identified as pilot Michael Scott Christy, 73, and his wife Jean Tam, 69, both of Anchorage, and Suzanne Glass, 29, of Sterling, Va. Troopers identified the one survivor as Andrea Joy Cooper, 28, of Sterling, Va.
Cooper remained in critical condition at PAMC on Tuesday.
Troopers learned of the crash around 6 p.m. on Friday soon after the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson received a transmission from the plane’s on board emergency locator transmitter, or ELT.
The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, an Alaska Air National Guard unit under the 176th Wing, monitors for ELT transmissions twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, said Capt. Daniel Dickman.
General aviation aircraft are typically equipped with ELTs, which are designed to activate in the event of an accident. The transmitter broadcasts on standard frequencies. Newer versions broadcast GPS coordinates.
This is the second plane crash in the Seward area this summer. The first involved a Helio Courier that went down near Little Johnstone Lake southeast of Seward. That crash had no survivors.