WASILLA— On Tuesday, a local pilot was forced to make an emergency, crash landing near Fern Street in Wasilla. Around 6:41 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a plane crash, according to DPS, Communications Director, Megan Peters.
“The pilot was contacted and stated he was low on gas and was forced to emergency land on a dirt road near the intersection of Fern and Leota St.,” Peters stated via email.
The plane struck a pole on its way down, damaging the right wing but not the pole, according to Peters. She stated that a stop sign was also damaged. The aircraft was secured out of the roadway until it was towed. The pilot and passenger did not sustain any serious injuries.
Eric Olson was not present for the incident but did see the aftermath. He saw the downed plane, finding out he missed the last of the police by about 10 minutes after talking to pedestrians. He noted that he did see the wings being removed and seeing the plane get towed off later that evening. He has a background in aviation and was impressed by the pilot’s landing abilities under pressure.
“This looks like the work of a skillful pilot with an engine out emergency landing. The plane got bent up quite a bit and knocked down a stop sign. I'm not sure which direction the plane was heading when it touched down. There are power lines all around the road and a very short distance to land,” Olson stated via email.
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