NTSB seeks plane that reportedly collided with another in midair near Sutton and kept flying



Oct. 17—The National Transportation Safety Board is looking for an unknown plane that reportedly collided with another aircraft in midair earlier this week and kept flying.

Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, a Cessna 180 was struck while flying near Sutton in a collision that resulted in substantial damage to the wing of the plane, NTSB Alaska chief Clint Johnson said Saturday.

The pilot of the Cessna 180 was able to land safely, and no injuries were reported. But the NTSB is still searching for the other plane, which Johnson said continued flying, and its pilot has not yet come forward to report the accident.

“We don’t think there was any damage to the other plane, but we don’t know that because it kept going,” Johnson said.

“This is an accident, and we’re trying to figure out what took place. We’d like to get both sides of the story,” he said. “So we are actively looking for that airplane.”

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Authorities are reviewing air traffic control recordings in the area but haven’t been able to come up with any further information so far, Johnson said.

The NTSB encouraged anyone with information about the collision to call its Alaska Regional Office at 907-782-4848.


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