Did Cessna 185 N9725Z Break Up In-Flight over Alaska?


A fatal plane crash last month in rural Alaska left many unanswered questions, that the National Transportation SafetyBoard will take some time to investigate. The Preliminary Accident and Incident Report stated that the aircraft, N9725Z, a 1966 Cessna 185 Skywagon, crashed on February 4, 2021, under unknown circumstances in remote mountainous terrain near the Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, northeast of Chitina, Alaska. The aircraft was operated by the family-owned Copper Valley Air Service, based at Gulkana Airport in Glennallen.  It was en route from Gulkana (PAGK) to McCarthy Airport (PAMX) when it crashed. Read the Kathryn’s Report summary here.

Unfortunately, there were no survivors, and rough terrain made it difficult to locate the wreckage. According to Alaska Native News, it took two days for Alaska State Troopers and National Park Service to reach the scene of the crash, which was located in a wooded area on a slope. 

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