Alaska State Troopers identified a South Carolina man and woman and a Washington pilot as the victims in a deadly Friday plane crash near Cantwell.
“The remains of pilot Dale Hemman, 61, of Steilacoom, Wash., and passengers John Ellenberg, 74, of Greenville, SC, and Laurie Buckner, 52, of Simpsonville, SC, were recovered from the crash,” AST wrote in a Sunday morning dispatch.
Hemman was flying a white twin-engine B-55 Beech Baron as a lead plane in a large airplane tour group from Fairbanks to Homer and crashed before noon June 28, according to troopers. The plane had two blue stripes running the length of the plane with a tail number N5JG.
Hemman survived a plane crash at the Fairbanks International Airport in 2012. Video from that crash was posted on his Youtube channel along with a note describing how the video was intended to teach pilots how to survive such a crash.
NTSB investigators recovered five cameras from the crash site Friday.
"We don't know if they were operating at the time, those cameras are actually on their way back to our vehicle recorder lab in Washington D.C.," said NTSB Spokesman Clint Johnson. "Hopefully in the next day or so, they'll be able to do a quick audition, or be able to see if they actually captured the accident or not."
On Friday evening, troopers said a Division of Forestry worker spotted a wildfire caused by the plane crash near Mile 195.5 of the Parks Highway.
Investigators with the AST, and National Transportation Safety Board, and Federal Aviation Administration combed through a debris field that stretch 500 to 700 feet.
“We're now reaching the recovery phase where as we're going to be working with the airport owner's insurance company and also recovery crews to get the airplane recovered hopefully back to Anchorage or back to Wasilla where we can actually clean the wreckage up and have the manufacturers in this case Beech Aircraft and also Teledyne Continental Motors come up and assist us in that investigation,” Johnson said Saturday.
AST and NTSB have asked anyone Hemman’s plane north of the crash site, then contact troopers in Fairbanks at (907) 451-4500 or NTSB at (907) 271-5001.
Editor's Note: KTUU's Garrett Turner contributed to this story.
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