On some of the Iditarod forums yesterday, there was word that a Cessna 182 had not reached its destination in Takotna and that the Air National Guard had been sent out to find it. Sadly, there’s news this morning that wreckage of the plane was found near the summit of Rainy Pass. All three passengers aboard, including the pilot, were killed. There is no word about what caused the crash. An investigation is underway.
According to Alaska State Troopers, all three passengers were from Eagle River: pilot Ted Smith, 59, a retired Anchorage police officer, and passengers Carolyn Sorvoja, 48, and her daughter, Rosemarie Sorvoja, 10.
The passengers were apparently race spectators. The plane was not part of the Iditarod Air Force that shuttles people, dogs, and supplies to and from checkpoints.
Our hearts go out to the victims’ families.