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    Default 7ECA bang up by Talkeetna

    Palmer pilot injured in small-plane crash at Talkeetna airport
    BY....Chris Klint
    September 21, 2015


    A Palmer man was severely injured at the Talkeetna airport Sunday evening when a small plane crashed off the end of the runway, troopers say.

    The crash of a red-and-white American Champion Citabria 7ECA left the plane's pilot, 54-year-old David L. Meyers, in serious condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center on Monday morning. The crash of his plane was first reported to troopers at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, according to a Monday dispatch.

    Troopers and medics responding to the initial 911 call couldn’t immediately find the crash site and began a search of the area.

    “After approximately 20 minutes of searching, Meyers and the aircraft were located in the trees near the north end of the runway,” troopers wrote. “Meyers was conscious and alert but had suffered serious injuries.”

    A LifeMed air ambulance flew Meyers to an Anchorage hospital. The crash left the plane with extensive damage, troopers wrote.

    Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board's chief Alaska investigator, said Monday that Meyers had apparently crashed into trees during a landing attempt at the airport, based on word from troopers at the scene.

    "It sounded like he was landing and tried to do a go-around," Johnson said.
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    By the way, this shows you that you can be very hard to find even if you are only flying locally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    By the way, this shows you that you can be very hard to find even if you are only flying locally.
    So true! Just got back from the Knik Glacier area. The Stinson is still there in the scrub brush below Picnic Table strip. It is not visible from all directions. It is a good thing they were in an aircraft such as the Stinson. Substantial damage...pictures on KTUU.

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    About 40 years ago a Grumman Widgeon took off from the Cordova City strip in a snow storm and after several days of searching all the way to Yakutat, wasn't seen again for over ten years. Terry Kennedy noticed something odd down in the trees at the east end of Eyak Lake on his long final approach to the air strip. It was the widgeon.

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    It was virtually dark at the time of the accident. One of the medics noticed him when he began flashing his IPad screen around in the dark.
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    In 1949, a USAF B-29 went down on a short final to EAFB and no one knew where it had gone. Ward Gay spotted the tail sticking up from Cook Inlet during an extremely low tide around 30 years later, less than one mile offshore.

    In 1952 or 1953, an F-94 Starfighter ("Gaydog One Leader") had just lifted off EAFB, entered a low overcast, lost all gyros (he said) and disappeared. That plane has never been found . . .

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