3 killed in small plane crash near Iditarod route (+video)
On Tuesday, a crashed Cessna airplane and three bodies were found near a mountain checkpoint along the route of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The pilot and a mother and daughter were killed in the crash.
A small plane crashed near a mountain checkpoint along the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, killing all three people aboard, state officials said on Tuesday.
The search began late on Monday when the plane was reported missing, the Alaska National Guard said. It failed to reach its destination of Takotna, an Athabascan village that serves as a race checkpoint 176 miles beyond Rainy Pass.
The plane and those aboard were not part of the "Iditarod Air Force," the group of volunteer pilots who ferry supplies and race officials to checkpoints and take dropped dogs back to Anchorage, said a race spokeswoman.
But skies above the Iditarod Trail are typically busy during the race with numerous other small aircraft carrying spectators.
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