Helicopter pilot dies, witness burned in Birchwood crash - Rescuers said the pilot, who had not been identified, was killed. Dalton did not know who the helicopter belonged to nor whether it had been landing or taking off.
from the linked story at www.adn.com
Alaska Air 737, cargo plane have 'near miss' over Fire Island - Alaska Flight 135, inbound from Portland, Ore., was about to land at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport at 3:08 p.m. on Runway 15, running north-south, when the pilot was instructed by Anchorage air traffic controllers to initiate a "go-around" to avoid an outbound Ace Air Cargo Beechcraft 1900 headed to Sand Point, according to NTSB spokesman Clint Johnson.* * * * *
Funny River fire update:
Persistent cooler and wetter weather has slowed, but not stopped a massive wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula.
The fire continues to grow, however, although not nearly as rapidly as it has since it sparked on May 18 near a horse trail along Funny River Road. The fire has now engulfed more than 183,295 acres, about 1,000 additional acres since Tuesday morning. It's the smallest amount of growth fire crews have seen since May 23 when the fire consumed more than 30,000 acres in a single day.
About the only positive effect of the light showers locally is that the smoke and ash have gone away, for now. Asthma sufferers are rejoicing.