Two Alaskans killed in Whitehorse plane crash Monday night

Crews make their way to the scene of a downed plane near the Whitehorse airport Monday. (Alexandra Byers/CBC)
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Two men from the Mat-Su valley have died after their plane crashed Monday evening in Whitehorse.

According to Yukon officials Charles Eric Benson, 56 of Palmer, and Jeffrey Brian Babcock, 58 of Wasilla, were en route from Minnesota in a recently purchased 1952 Cessna 170. Heather Jones, Yukon chief coroner, states that they were on a multi-day trip back to Palmer after purchasing the plane.

The Cessna took off from the Erik Nielson International Airport in Whitehorse around 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to Jones, crashing shortly afterward.

In her prepared statement she went on to say, “The wreckage was located approximately 600 meters off the end of the runway 14 in a treed area. Both occupants were confirmed deceased at the scene.”

Per an article published in the Anchorage Daily News the Transportation and Safety Board of Canada arrived at the scene Tuesday and is investigating with assistance from the Yukon Coroner’s Service, Whitehorse Royal Canadian Mountain Police and Forensic Identification Service.