In a Sunday AST dispatch, troopers say Mat-Su Valley dispatchers were told of the crash that killed 50-year-old Christopher Cyphers just before 2:30 a.m. Investigators determined that Cyphers was flying a Piper Comanche that experienced “some type of engine problem” as it left the airport.
“Cyphers attempted to perform an emergency landing at the Big Lake Airport but struck trees which caused him to crash land on a roadway near the airport,” troopers wrote. “ Cyphers was killed in the crash and the passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported by Lifemed (air ambulance) to an Anchorage-area hospital.”
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Coast Guard Mulls Downsizing Kodiak Station
The communications station is 3 miles from the Coast Guard base. The station's primary mission is for search and rescue operations. It's where personnel monitor radio traffic from ships and planes.
Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno says nothing has been decided yet. If the downsizing is approved, it would begin in summer 2015.