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An early morning plane crash in downtown Anchorage closed off several blocks of downtown from I to L Street as well as Third and Fourth Avenues.
Although it is not confirmed, it is believed that only the pilot was aboard the plane when it crashed into the fourth floor of the Brady building on West Fourth Avenue and L Street, that pilot, who remains unidentified, is the one confirmed fatality in the crash.
The building, which houses the Department of Law, and has almost three hundred employees in the two buildings, was devoid of workers save one when the crash occurred. That employee suffered no injuries. The building is closed down and employees are now on emergency leave.
Portions of the aircraft landed on an adjacent building, but there were no reported casualties in either building or on the ground. The plane also struck a transformer on the outside of the building, causing outages in the area. Power was beginning to be restored by 8:45 am.
The fire that resulted when the Civil Air Patrol aircraft struck the building at 6:19 am this morning, becoming fully engulfed in flames, was extinguished by 6:53 am. Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker arrived on the scene at just before 8 am. He has not as yet released any statements.
It was reported that the CAP aircraft was incoming into Anchorage when it circled around over the city prior to crashing. CAP reported that there were no sanctioned flights on their logs.
The FBI has joined the National Transportation Safety Board in the investigation of the crash.
The street closures are expected to continue for several more hours.