Tour boat docks nearby as plane crashes in cove
Posted: July 7, 2016 - 11:07am | Updated: July 7, 2016 - 11:54am
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Photo by Dolores Wilber
A photo taken by Dolores Wilber, a visitor from Chicago, shows Alice Rogoff's Cessna 206 as it loses its starboard float. The float appears to have come loose after the plane clipped a tree. Wilber took the photo from the Danny J.
By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
A Cessna 206 float plane that crashed Sunday afternoon in Halibut Cove hit the water between the Danny J tour boat and the south shore. Piloted by Alaska Dispatch News owner Alice Rogoff, the plane clipped a tree on the east side of the small community located on Ismailof Island.
Stephanie Migdal, a Homer woman on the tour boat with her husband and a friend from Chicago, Dolores Wilber, said she heard the Cessna hit a tree above a house on a point to the east. Wilber took a photo provided to the Homer News that shows the Cessna right after it hit the tree as its right pontoon falls away.
“When it did that, the pontoon went crashing into the water,” Migdal said. “And then it (the plane) came really, really low and crashed into the water right off our stern. … It hit the water and didn’t hit us.”
The plane landed near where the Narrows, the entrance to the cove, begins to widen. The community of Halibut Cove is located on Ismailof Island and the south shore across the Narrows. Halibut Cove also refers to the body of water east of Ismailof Island. Rogoff came in from the east.
The dock to the Saltry is about 300 feet from the south shore. The Saltry is a popular restaurant where the Danny J moors on its tour to Halibut Cove. Rogoff’s plane crashed about 5:50 p.m., about the same time the Danny J was preparing to dock at the Saltry.
In a statement released through her Anchorage lawyer, Brent Cole, Rogoff confirmed she was the pilot and only occupant. Migdal said bystanders on the shore quickly got into skiffs and motored out to rescue Rogoff.
“People were running and jumping into their boats. They mobilized so **** fast it was incredible,” Migdal said.
Migdal said she could see the pilot getting out of the plane and heard her yelling that she was the only one in the plane.
In her statement, Rogoff said she was “physically fine.”>>>>>>>>>