Alaska State Troopers a seeking information from the public concerning a downed aircraft located in the mudflats northeast of the Birchwood airport that was discovered after search efforts on Thursday morning.
At 12:08 am on Wednesday, Palmer-based troopers received a report of a downed aircraft west of the Birchwood Airport in the inlet. As a result, the Anchorage Fire Department and the Rescue Coordination Center were contacted and assets were sent out on a search of the area.
The AFD launched a watercraft and RCC launched aircraft, and at 6:10 am, RCC notified troopers that an aircraft was located 1.95 miles northeast of the Birchwood airport. They also advised troopers that no people were found in and around of the aircraft.
The ensuing investigation pointed to the area around the McGrath area as the point of origin for the aircraft, but there was no information uncovered that suggested the aircraft’s destination or the number of persons aboard the plane. Additionally, no aircraft have been reported overdue.
Search efforts for the persons aboard the plane is continuing.
Troopers are requesting that anyone with information as to the number and identity of persons onboard the aircraft to contact them at 352-5401.