New Mexico Man Killed in Alaska Plane Crash

Alaska State Troopers say a 66-year-old New Mexico man was killed when a small sightseeing plane crashed on the side of a mountain in southeast Alaska.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Alaska State Troopers say a 66-year-old New Mexico man was killed when a small sightseeing plane crashed on the side of a mountain in southeast Alaska.
   
Thomas L. Rising of Santa Fe was among seven on board the Pacific Wings de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver that went down near the town of Petersburg on Tuesday.
   
Two others were seriously hurt, one with a broken back and one with a broken leg. The four others had minor injuries.
   
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the survivors and flew them to Petersburg, 11 miles west of the crash site near Le Conte Bay.
   
Troopers say Rising's body was trapped in the plane and was not recovered because of the hazardous location and worsening weather. A recovery effort is planned for Wednesday.