Two men killed in plane crash near Salcha River

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The two men killed in the crash of a small plane near the Salcha River Saturday have been identified as two long time area residents.

State Troopers identified them as 63-year-old Buzz Otis and 81-year-old Sam Brice.

The men were in Brice's plane, searching for Otis' son, who hadn't returned from a boating trip on the Salcha River when due.

The Arctic Tern Aircraft crashed near Butte Creek, where Brice had a cabin.

Otis started Great Northwest General contractors, served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly and worked with Fairbanks and North Pole Economic Development.

Brice had construction businesses.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.