Aircraft Crashes Near Butterfly Lake Injuring Three

Three people were injured when an aircraft suffered a crash near Butterfly Lake following engine failure. Image-Google Maps

Three people were injured when an aircraft suffered a crash near Butterfly Lake following engine failure. Image-Google Maps

Three people were injured in an aircraft crash near Houston on Saturday evening the Alaska State Troopers reported on Sunday.

At approximately 6:15 pm, troopers were notified of a crash of a 1949 Super Stinson about a mile and a half from Butterfly Lake near Houson. The crash was reported after another aircraft was able to touch down at a nearby lake and transport the three victims to Anchorage, where they were taken to the Providence Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

The three occupants, identified as pilot, 44-year-old Rusty Kline of Anchorage, and passengers, 68-year-old Arthur Cordova and 69-year-old Ruth Cordova of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

According to the report, the aircraft “lost power and crashed near the lake.”

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash and have opened an investigation into the exact cause of the crash.

Although the plane was described as a 1949 Super Stinson, the FAA registry lists the aircraft as a 1947 Universal Stinson tail number N9063K. NTSB records show that that aircraft suffered a similar issue in 1997 when the aircraft’s pilot suffered a hard landing in Smithfield, North Carolina when the engine failed following a fracture in the crankshaft.