Alaska plane crash leaves two presumed dead

By Jen Krausz on
 August 14, 2023

Rescuers could see the remains of two men, presumed dead, in their two-seater plane that crashed at the base of a deep ravine in Denali National Park, Alaska on Wednesday, but they determined that a rescue could not be attempted, because it was too dangerous.

"After an inter-agency review of the findings by officials from the NPS (National Park Service), the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), the Alaska State Troopers, and the AKRCC (Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Coordination Center), a recovery of the bodies and aircraft, if determined possible, will involve a complex and potentially high-risk ground operation," an NPS spokesperson said.

"Further investigation of the site by Denali mountaineering rangers is required and will be conducted in the upcoming days as weather allows," he added.

Bad weather also contributed to the impossibility of a rescue, as Fox News reported.

"The search crew was unable to land at the accident site due to the steep terrain, but they observed that survivability of the crash was unlikely," the spokesperson said.

The two men were headed to drop one off and pick up another hunter, who called Alaska State Troopers for rescue himself when they didn't show up.