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Palmer Men Killed in Plane Crash Near Sutton

August 30, 2013|By Austin Baird | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - — Updated Friday, Aug. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

Two men died in a plane crash about 10 miles north of Sutton, a community in the Mat-Su Borough.

Alaska State Troopers identified the plane's occupants as 30-year-old Adam Norton and 31-year-old Derrik Swanson, both of Palmer.

Norton and Swanson were supposed to return to the Knik Lake area by 7 p.m. after scouting moose, according to AST spokeswoman Megan Peters, and by 9:45 p.m. the plane was reported overdue.

The Alaska Air National Guard responded with a helicopter and C130, and the plane was found at 3:52 a.m.

Hazy weather conditions and the plane's crash into a ravine complicated identification, but troopers recovered the bodies and identified the passengers using wallets Friday afternoon.

Next of kin has been notified. 

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