CORDOVA, Alaska, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Two men believed to be aboard a small plane that crashed east of Cordova, in the Gulf of Alaska, were missing and presumed dead, Alaska State Troopers said.
Wreckage of the airplane, which is owned by Cordova resident Richard Stoltzfus, was found washing ashore near the mouth of Seal River by a wildlife trooper on an aerial patrol, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Investigators said they believed the plane, piloted by Stoltzfus, was also carrying Oklahoma resident John Dick when it went down.
The two were part of a five-person group staying at a cabin about 25 miles from where the plane was found. They had gone to the mouth of Seal River to get pieces of an iceberg for their coolers.
The trooper landed his plane and looked for survivors, but he was unable to find anyone in or near the wreck site, about 90 miles east of Cordova.
Officials said it appeared the aircraft had just taken off. The cause of the crash was under investigation.