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Fatal plan crash at Merrill Field Airport
ANCHORAGE, Ak-- Late this afternoon, APD identified the pilot of a deadly plane crash in Anchorage.
Police say the victim was 61-year-old Charles Hancock of Anchorage.
Just before 8:30 on Wednesday morning Glen Alsworth the owner of Lake Clark Air Services looked on as a plane was taking.
"I heard a plane taking off, as any pilot would do I turned around to watch," Glen Alsworth, Owner, Lake Clark Air Services.
"it began to pitch up quite steeply, and pitch up to a point where it didn't look like it could sustain flight any longer," Alsworth.
"There was a number of us from local businesses that ran right to the plane to see if there was anything we could do, but it wasn't possible to get into the plane because of the impact and the damage prohibited use of opening a door or even accessing the plane," Alsworth.
After working with law enforcement, the fire department, and medical examiners, NTSB started its investigation.
A preliminary report is expected later next week.