Remains of Pilot Recovered from Whittier Crashsite

AST chopper, HELO-3. Image-AST file photo

AST chopper, HELO-3. Image-AST file photo

The remains of the pilot who died in a plane crash near Whittier on Saturday, whose name remains un-released, were recovered from the crash site on Sunday morning, the Alaska State Troopers revealed.

The  Department of Public Safety’s Helo-3 and the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group were able to access the crash site and recover the remains of the pilot and transfer them to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage.

The pilot and lone occupant of the Piper PA 28-180 departed Merrill Field on Saturday morning intending to fly to Valdez when he crashed near Whittier. The cause of the crash is currently unknown. The NTSB will inspect the wreckage in an effort to determine the cause.

The USCG and RCC located the crash site on Saturday afternoon. Poor weather conditions delayed the DPS response.