Victims Identified in Plane Crash North of Fairbanks

Alaska State Troopers have identified the victims of a fatal airplane crash as residents of Queensland, Australia.

Spokeswoman Megan Peters says the pilot, 64-year-old Stephen Knight, and 60-year-old passenger Gillian Knight died late Wednesday afternoon.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Clint Johnson says their rented Piper Saratoga was en route from Fort Yukon to Fairbanks shortly before 5 p.m. when it disappeared from radar.

The airplane, which burned after the crash, was registered to aircraft rental company LNP Saratoga Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., and leased to the West Valley Flying Club of Palo Alto.

The airplane was found 39 miles north of Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Civil Air Patrol spotted the wreckage Wednesday. Bad weather, including low clouds hampering helicopter flights, delaying the recovery operation.