FAIRBANKS, Alaska - IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 48 HOURS SINCE A PLANE WITH FIVE PEOPLE ON BOARD WENT DOWN IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK.
THE PLANE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE CRASHED AT ABOUT 11–THOUSAND FEET IN AN AREA KNOWN AS THUNDER MOUNTAIN...
THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SAYS THE FLIGHT TOOK OFF JUST AFTER 5 SATURDAY EVENING WITH REPORTEDLY CLOUDY SKIES BUT CALM WEATHER, AND IT WAS ONE OF MANY PRIVATE TOURS FLYING IN THE AREA AROUND THAT TIME.
Sheldon Air Service Pilot, David Lee, says he knew the pilot.
"Yeah, he's about my age and he's mid 50's, real nice guy, competent pilot. This is a really bad situation we've got here. Number one, they're at a very high altitude on the mountain. Being over 10,000 feet in that area. It's pretty bad. It could possibly be the worst disaster on Denali in the history of Denali, as far as an airplane accident,” said Lee.
As of this morning, four of the five passengers have been found and are confirmed dead.
The fifth passenger is missing, and is also presumed dead.
Identification of the bodies will not be made public until next of kin have been notified, which could take longer than usual due to four of the passengers being from Poland.