Dan Joling Associated Press Published 4:02 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska — Searchers on Monday found four people dead in a sightseeing airplane piloted by a Saline man that was carrying Polish tourists in Alaska’s Denali National Park, a day and a half after thick clouds hampered the response to distress calls. Another person is missing and presumed dead after the crash Saturday evening on a mountain ridge about 14 miles southwest of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain. After going down, Craig Layson, the pilot, reported by satellite phone that passengers suffered injuries, but the connection failed before he could give details. The airplane was stocked with sleeping bags, a stove and food, giving hope that survivors would be found despite terrain described by the National Park Service as “extremely steep and a mix of near-vertical rock, ice and snow.” Low-lying clouds and rainy conditions prevented crews from spotting the wreckage until a break in the clouds Monday allowed a helicopter to reach the crash site. A park service ranger was lowered down on a line from the copter and dug through snow that had filled the aircraft to find the bodies of four people. There were no… Read full this story
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