NTSB: 1 dead in plane crash near Nome
- Author: Chris Klint
- Updated: 2 hours ago
- Published 4 hours ago
An aircraft reported overdue after departing from Wasilla Sunday was found crashed near Nome Monday, with its pilot and sole occupant dead, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot at 28-year-old Wasilla resident Thomas Grainger, whose family was told about the crash.
NTSB investigator Noreen Price said that the privately operated Cessna 172 was found crashed about 7 miles east of Nome. The plane had been on a flight from Wasilla to Nome Sunday evening, she said, and is believed to have crashed sometime after 10 p.m. that night.
"He texted his fiancee at 9:11 p.m. that he could not land due to weather," Price said.
Grainger's last communication came at 10:30 p.m., according to troopers.