Petersburg, AK Private Plane Crash, Sep 1988


The wreckage of a small plane, missing since Sunday, was located near Petersburg early Monday.
The bodies of three of the four persons aboard were recovered from the submerged wreckage, and a fourth person was presumed dead, authorities said.
Divers from the Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday recovered three bodies from the Cessna 172, which went down between Petersburg and Wrangell.
The fourth persons said to be on board is still missing, but Coast Guard officials said there were no signs of survivors. The search for the missing man has been called off, an Alaska State Troopers spokesman said.
Troopers identified the victims as EVERETT DALE EARLYWINE, 50, and JUDY PULLAR, 48, both of Petersburg, and NANCY POND, 50, of Wrangell.
Still missing is CHARLES POND, 54, of Wrangell.
EARLYWINE was pilot and owner of the plane.
The fishing vessel "Jennifer Lee" first spotted the plane upside down in about 12 feet of water and about 1,000 yards off the shore of Mitkof Island, 15 miles south of Petersburg.
The plane was reported missing Sunday evening when it failed to arrive in Wrangell. It departed Petersburg in what a Trooper spokesman called "marginal conditions."
The search began at around 8 p.m. Sunday, but darkness and deteriorating weather forced a Temsco Airline helicopter and a Coast Guard helicopter from the Sitka Air Station to abandon the search soon afterward.
The helicopter dispatched from the Sitka Air Station was forced to turn back before reaching the scene after meeting a "solid wall of clouds all the way down to the surface," a Coast Guard spokesman said.
The Ketchikan-based Coast Guard Cutter "Cape Hatteras" and local fishing boats continued to search throughout the night, and at 4:15 a.m. the F-V "Jennifer Lee" sighted the wreckage of the missing plane. The search for the fourth occupant of the plane continued until 8 p.m. Monday without results, and was called off.
Damage to the plane was extensive, a trooper spokesman said.

Daily Sitka Sentinel Alaska 1988-09-06