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August 2, 2010

Cargo plane crashes in Alaska’s Denali Park, sparks wildfire

Filed under: Disasters and accidents — admin @ 5:00 am

Monday, August 2, 2010

Four days before this crash, another crash in Anchorage, Alaska involved a C-17 Globemaster III like this one.
Image: United States Air Force.

A cargo plane has crashed into a mountain in Alaska’s Denali National Park, killing around three people and sparking a small wildfire after the aircraft disintegrated and burst into flames. According to the National Park Service, the plane crashed into the southern slope of Mount Healy, and the crash was just 200 yards away from Denali’s only road.

Though it is estimated that three people died in the crash, it has been hard to determine exactly how many died as the “the plane pretty much disintegrated,” park spokeswoman Kris Fister said. The explosion from the crash sparked a small wildfire that was initially estimated at two square acres, but has now been contained to one acre after firefighters were dispatched to fight the blaze.

Though George Clare, of Las Vegas, who witnessed the crash, thought the plane looked like a military aircraft, US military offficials have stated that none of their planes were involved. Clare has said that the plane was “… a military khaki green kind of color. It was propellor-driven. It was a fixed wing aircraft and it had kind of a flat underbelly.”

Jeff Kowalczyk, an EMT hiking through the 6,075,107 acre park with his wife, a nurse, said that he saw the plane almost upside-down as it crashed. The crash was only a few hundred yards from where he was watching, and he also said “The whole experience was really surreal.”

The crash came just four days after another major airplane crash that happened in the vicinity, when a military cargo plane crashed a minute after taking off at the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. The crash killed four people onboard who were training for an airshow.



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  • Lisa Flam “Plane Crashes in Alaska’s Denali Park, Sparks Wildfire” – AOL News, August 2 2010
  • Associated Press “Plane crashes in Denali National Park in Alaska” – Google News, August 2 2010
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