Alaska Mountain Rescue Group

      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.