NTSB: plane took off in gusty winds

Feb 19, 2013 -- 9:55am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Federal investigators say a plane that crashed near Rainy Pass injuring the pilot and a passenger took off in gusty winds and was trying to turn around when it took a nosedive. Anchorage attorney Robert Stone and Iron Dog snowmachine racer Jason Wichman were injured in the crash. Channel-2 News reported Tuesday that Stone was in fair and stable condition at the Alaska Native Medical Center and Wichman was in critical condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center. The National Transportation Safety Board says the two were in a Cessna 170B plane that was following the Iron Dog race on Sunday when it took off with winds gusting to about 18 knots. NTSB investigator Larry Lewis says a final wind speed is awaiting confirmation.


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