The Latest: Anchorage police ID 4 dead in plane crash

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Posted: Apr 20, 2016 11:10 PM
The Latest: Anchorage police ID 4 dead in plane crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a small airplane just north of Anchorage (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

Police have identified the four people killed when a small airplane crashed after taking off from an airport in suburban Anchorage.

Anchorage police in a release said the plane was piloted by 64-year-old George Kobelnyk and co-piloted by 20-year-old Christian Bohrer. Police earlier had listed Kobelnyk's age as 54.

Also killed were the two passengers: 36-year-old Sarah Glaves and 27-year-old Kyle Braun.

A police spokeswoman said no hometowns were available for the four.

They died when the airplane took off Wednesday from the Birchwood Airport, a small plane facility about 20 miles north of downtown Anchorage. The plane crashed in a wooded area near a dog mushing trail in a heavily wooded area. Investigators say a post-crash fire has destroyed much of the evidence in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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10:17 a.m.

Fire officials say four people have been killed in the crash of a small airplane north of Anchorage, Alaska.

Anchorage fire Chief Denis LeBlanc says the fiery crash occurred Wednesday near the suburban community of Chugiak about 20 miles north of downtown Anchorage.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says a Cessna 172 with four people onboard went down under unknown circumstances.

No other details were immediately released.

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This story has been corrected to show Kobelnyk's age was 64 not 54, after Anchorage police corrected the age they initially gave.