Three killed in Alaska cargo plane crash

3.8.2010 ( IFW)

by Kizzi Nkwocha

Three people killed when a cargo plane crashed into a national park in Alaska
on Sunday included the owner of the airline.

According to reports, a Fairchild C-123, registered to All West Freight of Delta
Junction, Alaska, crashed into the south slope of Mount Healy in Denali National

The accident occurred about 290km north of Anchorage and about 200 metres north
of the only road into the park.  

The National Park Service confirmed that the plane burst into flames on impact,
starting a forest fire that engulfed almost 4,000sq metres.  

Officials identified the three men who died in the crash as 61-year-old Bill
Michel of Delta Junction, 52-year-old John Eshleman, of Wasilla, Alaska, and 66-year-old
Paul Quartly, also from Wasilla.  

Michel was the owner of All West Freight and the pilot of the C-123.  

Eyewitness George Clare, of Las Vegas, said he saw the aircraft flying very low
and slowly as he was walking toward the visitor centre near the park entrance.
 Within minutes, people came running in and saying that a plane had crashed.  

The crash happened just four days after a military cargo plane crashed at Elmendorf
Air Force Base in Anchorage, killing four people onboard.

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Lufthansa Cargo Plane Crash-Lands in Riyadh After Fire Onboard

Date Added: 28th July 2010

A Deutsche Lufthansa AG freight aircraft was destroyed after crash-landing in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The pilot of Flight LH8460 reported a fire in the cargo
bay of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 as he approached King Khaled International
Airport. It was carrying 80 metric tons of freight from Frankfurt to Hong Kong
with stop overs. The cause of the incident is being investigated. The weather
was good. The pilot and co pilot are not very seriously injured.

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