Kodiak, AK Charter Plane Crash, Jul 1995


Kodiak (AP) - Four people were killed - three of them Coast Guard personnel - when a single-engine plane on a charter flight crashed into a mountain about 10 miles southwest of here.
A man playing golf on the Coast Guard golf course noticed the wreckage about 8 p.m. Friday on Pyramid Mountain and alerted authorities.
The plane was an Island Air Piper Saratoga returning from Karluk, on the west side of Kodiak Island, Coast Guard spokesman Kenneth Arbogast said Saturday. The crash occurred about five miles west of the Kodiak Airport.
The victims were identified as CHRISTOPHER CANFIELD, 34, the pilot, from Anchorage.
Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer DOUGLAS COOPER, 38, from Fort Knox, Ky.
Petty Officer First Class DANNY JACKSON, 35, of Fayetteville, N.C.
and Petty Officer Second Class RODNEY PARSONS, 31, of Elyria, Ohio.
Skies at the time of the crash were overcast, with a 700-foot ceiling, Arbogast said. The airport was reporting the visibility at seven miles.
The bodies were recovered Saturday and were taken to the state coroner's office in Anchorage.
The crash occurred about 500-to-600 feet up the side of the 2,400-foot mountain, Arbogast said.
"They were able to get to the crash site from the road system," he said.
"They had to ford a stream and go across a ravine, but it was easier to do it from the road than use a helicopter."
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the cause of the crash.
It was the third crash involving light planes and multiple fatalities over the past week and a half in South Central Alaska.

Daily Sitka Sentinel Alaska 1995-07-03