Troopers Identify People Killed in Plane Cross Along Iditarod Trail

Alaska State Troopers identified those killed as 59-year-old pilot Ted Smith, 48-year-old Carolyn Sorvoja and 10-year-old Rosemarie Sorvoja, all of Eagle River.

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ANCHORAGE - Officials say three people, including a child, have been found dead in the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Alaska State Troopers identified those killed as 59-year-old pilot Ted Smith, 48-year-old Carolyn Sorvoja and 10-year-old Rosemarie Sorvoja, all of Eagle River.

A spokeswoman for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race says a missing plane on its way to an Alaska village is not part of the air support for the race between Anchorage and Nome.

The Civil Air Patrol on Monday said searchers were looking for a light plane with three people aboard that was overdue on a flight from Anchorage to Takotna.

Search efforts were concentrating on the Rainy Pass and McGrath areas.

Iditarod spokeswoman Erin McLarnon says the plane is not part of the Iditarod Air Force, which carries volunteers, supplies and dropped race dogs between communities.

The missing Cessna 182 left Anchorage at about 10 a.m. Monday and was expected by noon into Takotna, a community of 53 about 235 miles northwest of Anchorage.