Three dead after medical transport plane crashes in Kenai Mountains

Dec 2, 2019

      Three men are dead after their aircraft crashed Friday evening in the mountains west of Cooper Landing.

On Friday about 7:12 p.m. Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received multiple reports of an airplane crash near Jean Lake. A helicopter from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center responded and located the crash site that night, but was unable to land due to weather and terrain.

Saturday afternoon the Troopers' Helo 3 attempted to reach the crash of the Piper Navajo Chieftain, but also was unable to land in the area.

The Alaska Mountain Rescue Group organized a ground response to the crash site on Sunday. Remains have been removed from the site and will be transported to the State Medical Examiner in Anchorage for positive identification.

On Facebook, Medevac Alaska says its employees Robert Cartner and Maddox Burts were lost in the accident. A third person on the plane has not been identified.

The plane had been on its way to Seward to pick up a patient from Providence Seward Medical Center.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the approximate time of the crash.