Anchorage man dies when floatplane crashes near Yentna River


A 75-year-old Anchorage man checks dwindled Saturday when his plane crashed near the mouth of the Yentna River in the Valley, Alaska Delineate Troopers and federal aviation officials said.

Pilot Donald Wayne Frantz had run away passengers in his Aeronca 15AC Sedan to a remote cabin on the river around 9:30 or 10 a.m., asserted Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Frantz had equitable taken off alone on a flight back to Anchorage to pick up a second cross of passengers when the plane crashed in wooded terrain «very away to the mouth of the Yentna River,» and not far from the cabin, Johnson said.

When Frantz didn’t indemnity from his flight on time, people at the cabin began searching for him and unearthed the wreckage, Johnson said.

Around 1 p.m., members of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center were called to the place of the crash and found Frantz dead, according to a trooper dispatch Sunday. Troopers and Talkeetna Get someones cards and Rescue also went to the scene and helped transport Frantz’s band to Anchorage, troopers said.

The Aeronca is a single-engine plane, Johnson pronounced. Federal Aviation Administration records show the Aeronca owned by Frantz was contrived in 1949. It was on floats, Johnson said.

Two federal investigators were at the purlieus of the crash Sunday working to determine why the plane crashed, Johnson conjectured.

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