Nulato, AK Plane Crash In Yukon River, Jul 1995


Fairbanks (AP) - A Galena man was killed late Wednesday in a plane crash, Alaska State Troopers report. The pilot and another passenger were injured when the Super Cub PA-18 crashed into the Yukon River near Nulato about 10 p.m.
Killed in the crash was PETER ALOYSIUS, 38.
STANDORD SOMMER, 26, and pilot JAY J. YEAGER, 23, were airlifted to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. YEAGER had leg and foot injuries, cuts, and possible internal injuries, according to the FAA, and SOMMER complained of back pains. Both were listed in stable condition Thursday.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigator visited the crash site Thursday to begin an investigation. Witnesses told troopers the Piper PA-18 was flying at a low level over the Yukon River. Just after it passed Nulato, the FAA said, the plane gained altitude and made a sharp bank to the left, as if the pilot was making a U-turn to land in Nulato. The plane either stalled or the engine quit, the FAA said, and the plane made a nose dive into the river. The plane flipped on impact and sank, held up only by its floats.
Rescuers found the pilot and SOMMER holding onto the floats. ALOYSIUS was still inside the submerged cabin of the plane, but the FAA said he died from the crash impact, not from drowning.

Daily Sitka Sentinel Alaska 1995-07-10