A male pilot was killed when his plane crashed at Merrill Field Airport in Anchorage Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The crash was reported at 8:24 a.m.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Cathy Gagne said the pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, was in communication with the Merrill Field tower when the plane apparently crashed during takeoff. Merrill Field is a 634-acre patch of airstrips and taxiways, parked small planes and helicopters, one mile east of downtown Anchorage.
The plane, a 1964 Piper PA-12, had been heading west from runway 7/25, the longest of the airport's three runways, Gagne said. She said preliminary information suggests the plane had left the ground when the crash occurred.