ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A small plane en route from Emmonak to Kotlik developed engine problems Saturday evening, forcing its pilot to make a tundra landing according to the National Transportation Safety Board and Alaska State Troopers.
NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson says the single-engine Cessna 207, operated by Grant Aviation, left Emmonak at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The pilot and sole occupant, identified by troopers as Cody McCall, tried to head back after the engine problems began, but was unable to do so.
According to a Monday AST dispatch, Emmonak troopers were told at about 7:30 p.m. by Grant Aviation that McCall’s plane had crashed slightly over four miles south of town. While McCall didn’t report any injuries after putting the plane down, the Cessna’s nose landing gear was snapped.
Weather and Yukon River water conditions prevented rescuers from reaching McCall until Sunday afternoon, with two boat crews sent from Emmonak rescuing him at about 1 p.m.
Johnson says the NTSB is working with Grant to recover the aircraft and identify the engine problem that forced the landing.
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