Crash Leaves One Dead And One Missing

Following his call to Bethel State Troopers, the second pilot identified as Lon "Loni" Habersetzer, has been out of reach of authorities. Photo courtesy the Alaska State Troopers.

by Jamey Kirk

What began as a Friday afternoon joyride has ended in tragedy. 33-year-old Shaun Lunt, of Loma Linda, California, died in a crash that remains shrouded in mystery.

Lunt's plane crashed approximately 17.3 miles south of the Village Quinhagak near Jack Smiths Bay. Alaska State Troopers responded via State Aircraft and a private helicopter and arrived almost four hours after the crash was reported.

The victim was flying one of two Piper Super Cubs, the other was flown by Lon "Loni" Habersetzer of Washington. Habersetzer who successfully landed in the area, contacted troopers via a satellite phone at about 6:45 p.m. After briefly speaking with a trooper at the Bethel post, Habersetzer left the area for unknown reasons, and has since remained out of contact with crash investigators'.

No flight plan was filed by the pair, however they had bought fuel in Dillingham before flying north to where the crash occurred. Their intended destination remains unknown.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration representatives were scheduled to arrive in Bethel on Saturday where they would proceed to the crash site to conduct their own investigation.

Anyone with information regarding Habersetzer's whereabouts is urged to contact their nearest Alaska State Troopers post or troopers in Bethel at (907) 543-2294