WASILLA — Two men had to be rescued on Saturday after the small plane they were in flipped at a landing strip neat Skwentna.
Alaska State Troopers said Davis Dunlap, 23, of Palmer, texted a family member via spot locator that he and another male passenger were unhurt when the 1946 Aeornca Champion Dunlap was piloting overturned and came to rest on its wings. Dunlap said he had no survival gear for an overnight stay and were in a foot of snow. He requested a rescue.
The Rescue Coordination Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was notified and flew to the area to pick up both men. They were flown to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where both denied any injuries.
The wreck was the second Dunlap has been involved in since July 2014. According to a Frontiersman account from the time, he was treated for minor injuries when a 1956 Aeornoca Champ piloted by Russell Dunlap, 57, crash-landed at Sky Ranch near Palmer.
The cause of the most recent mishap is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.