National Guard Plane Crashes Into Mountainside, Eight Dead
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The commander of Alaska’s Army National Guard was among eight men killed when a National Guard plane crashed into a snow-covered mountainside during a storm, officials said.
There were no survivors in Thursday’s crash of the C-12F twin-engine plane, officials said.
The plane, en route from Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, was attempting an instrument-aided landing Thursday morning when it lost contact with the tower, said Petty Officer Erik Lott. Low clouds and rain mixed with snow were reported at the time.
A Coast Guard helicopter found the wreckage five hours later at the 2,600- foot elevation on the Chilkat Peninsula, about 30 miles west of Juneau, Lott said.
Among the victims was Brig. Gen. Thomas C. Carroll, 44, commander of the Alaska Army National Guard who was also deputy commissioner and chief of staff of Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Carroll was promoted to brigadier general on Oct. 6. His father, Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Carroll, was killed in an air crash while inspecting damage shortly after the 1964 earthquake that devastated Anchorage.
The bodies were to be removed today, weather permitting. Low clouds and blowing snow prevented their removal Thursday, officials said.
Col. John Fleming, the Alaska National Guard’s acting adjutant general, said an investigation team was en route from Alabama. He said the pilot had not told the control tower in Juneau of any problems.
The C-12F is a twin-turboprop plane designed to carry as many as eight passengers and two crew members.