Update 5:00 p.m.
The investigation continues into a mid-air plane collision that left no survivors in a crash Wednesday northwest of Russian Mission.
Alaska State Troopers Public Information Officer Megan Peters says the Troopers' mission this afternoon is recover the victims’ bodies.
“It’s a remote location. To my knowledge four troopers went out today as well as other volunteers that we work with.”
The planes crashed about a half-mile away from each other in a rugged, high bush terrain. To help them access the wreckage, Troopers asked Bethel Search and Rescue President Mike Riley for volunteers to help build trails. With most of the Bethel volunteers out moose hunting, Riley called upon their counterparts in Russian Mission and Marshall.
“With the trauma that Russian Mission is going through, I do believe they have stepped aside. So we sought help from Marshall, and they have a good crew that’s willing to help out there,” Riley said.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board also headed to the sites today.
Update 12:00 p.m.
The investigation continues into a mid-air plane collision northwest of Russian Mission on Wednesday that left no survivors.
Alaska State Troopers and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are heading to the crash sites today.