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Troopers Release Names Of Passengers Who Died In Yute Commuter Services Crash

Rashah McChesney
Alaska's Energy Desk

Alaska State Troopers released the names of the four passengers who died in a plane crash near the village of Tuntutuliak on Feb. 6.

With the exception of  the pilot, all lived in Kipnuk. The Kipnuk residents are Charlie Carl, 66, Carrie "Girlie" Peter, 45, and her son, Quintin "Muggie" Peter, 18 and Donna Mesak, 42. The pilot was 34-year old Tony Matthews.

The plane, operated by Yute Commuter Service, was found crashed 11 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak as it headed to the coastal community of Kipnuk from Bethel. No one survived.

An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 helicopter dispatched from Bethel to the crash site carrying multiple guardsmen, an Alaska State Trooper, and two medics with LifeMed, according to Alaska National Guard Public Affairs Director Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead. Searchers from Tuntutuliak also helped in aiding the recovery efforts.

Carrie "Girlie" Peter's family members are raising money to help with travel and burial costs. If you want to donate, you can go to and search for "Burial Expenses for Girlie and Muggie Peter."

Anna Rose MacArthur contributed reporting.

The post has been updated to correct that Donna Mesak was from Kipnuk and to correct the number of miles that the plane was found in Tuntutuliak. 

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