3 bodies found in wreckage along Iditarod route

Mar 05, 2013 -- 3:00pm


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials say three people, including a child, have been found dead in the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Cessna 182 left Anchorage on Monday morning for Takotna, a village of 53 on the route of the Iditarod. It was due into the village at noon and was reported overdue at 4 p.m. Aerial searchers spotted the wreckage at 10:22 a.m. near the 4,000-foot level of Rainy Pass. An Alaska Air National Guard spokeswoman says they landed and found the bodies. State Troopers identified those killed as 59-year-old pilot Ted Smith, 48-year-old Carolyn Sorvoja and 10-year-old Rosemarie Sorvoja. All were residents of Eagle River.

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