STORY UPDATED AT 1:43 p.m. at 6/11/13:
Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot involved in a Willow Lake plane crash that happened Monday afternoon as Roger Anderson, 66 of Willow, and he was the sole occupant.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to the crash and troopers wrote that “[Anderson] was departing Willow Lake in his PA-22 Pacer floatplane when he experienced a problem and crashed.”
Troopers said he was uninjured and the airplane was considered totaled.
"He attempted to land again right after takeoff, and the plane bounced pretty hard and flipped over in the water,” Clint Johnson, chief of National Transportation Safety Board in Anchorage, said.
STORY UPDATED AT 4:20 p.m. at 6/10/13:
Alaska State Troopers say a floatplane's pilot and sole occupant was uninjured after the aircraft crashed and flipped on a lake in the Mat-Su Valley Monday afternoon.
According to AST spokesperson Megan Peters, troopers were informed of the crash on Willow Lake, near Mile 70 of the Parks Highway, just after 3:17 p.m. Monday.
“Essentially, the plane’s flipped -- I don’t know if it was on takeoff or landing,” Peters said.
Anchorage-based real-estate broker James Riley, who photographed the man sitting atop the crashed plane’s floats, said he heard but did not see the crash itself.
"I grabbed my camera and saw the fuselage submerged underwater and a couple of people on the lake went to get the guy in their boats," Riley said. "Willow Lake has a bunch of a seaplanes landing all the time and this doesn't happen all the time."
Peters says a tail number wasn’t immediately available for the plane, which was being towed to shore Monday afternoon.
Channel 2’s Neil Torquiano contributed information to this story.
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