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Plane Crash at Merrill Field in Anchorage Kills 2
A small plane crashed at Merrill Field in Anchorage on Saturday afternoon, killing two people on board.
ANCHORAGE- A small plane crashed at Merrill Field in Anchorage on Saturday afternoon, killing two people on board.
Police say the Cessna 150 crashed just after it took off around 3:30 p.m.
Witnesses say they saw the plane take off and heard sputtering before it hit the ground on the western edge of the airport.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says officers responding to the crash pulled a man and a woman from the plane. They were taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Police haven't identified the victims.
ANCHORAGE- An investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board says the fatal crash of a small airplane occurred during an aborted landing, not a takeoff.
The crash Saturday afternoon killed 31-year-old pilot Robert Lilly of Big Lake and 27-year-old Jessi Nelsen of Seward and Anchorage.
Lilly was a licensed commercial pilot. Nelsen was a waitress, bartender and journalism student. The couple had been dating for more than a year.
Lilly was flying his own single-engine Cessna 150L on Saturday.
They were approaching the main Merrill Field east-west runway and an air traffic controller advised them to go around it and make another approach.
Witnesses say the airplane climbed from the runway heading west, tried to make a left turn, lost power and crashed.