ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former mayor of Aniak died in a plane crash Tuesday night.
The National Transportation Safety Board said 61-year-old Steve Hill was flying a Cessna 207 from Aniak to Chuathbaluk when his plane crashed.
Hill was the co-owner of Inland Aviation Services and also served on the Aniak city council.
The NTSB said Hill took off, alone, from Aniak about 7:40 pm on Tuesday night.
He was picking up a passenger in Chuathbaluk to take back to Aniak.
When Hill failed to arrive at his destination Alaska State Troopers began a search for the missing pilot and found his wrecked plane about 2:40 am Wednesday morning.
The wreck was found about three miles southwest of the airport.
In August two people died in a crash involving Inland Aviation Services when a Cessna 207 collided with a mountain west of McGrath during bad weather.
In that incident, four other people on the plane, a family with two children, survived the crash.