Pilot killed in plane crash near Whittier

A pilot was killed when a small airplane he was flying crashed into a mountain near Whittier Saturday night, according to the Alaska State Troopers and federal crash investigators.

His name has not been released.

The pilot took off in a Piper PA 28-180 single engine airplane from Merrill Field in Anchorage sometime on Saturday with a plan to fly to Valdez, said Clint Johnson, the Alaska chief of the National Transportation Safety Board.

There were no other passengers, Johnson said.


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