Pilot Ernie Chase, 66, decided they had an opening shortly after 7 p.m.Chase grew up in Anvik and had flown the route countless times.Just before takeoff Donald noticed an emergency locator beacon clipped to the pilot's sun visor.One in three fatal commuter plane/air taxi accidents in the United States happens in Alaska, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.It comes 329 miles into the race, at a time when the dogs are ready for a break and mushers need a good meal.
He couldn't see or hear his two children, Mckenzie, 8, and Donnie, 10. Like many corners of Bush Alaska, this is a place where gusty landings and blinding whiteouts spook even seasoned pilots.
The prospect of another baby left them excited and nervous.
Suddenly the decision to share a single teaching job, rather than moving to a district where they could each earn a full salary, made more sense.
He crawled to Donnie, letting himself fall from the top of the Cessna, landing beside his son.
Evans had planned to prune a gang of pine trees away from the school satellite dish back in Anvik and packed a borrowed pair of shears in the plane.
" -- before the single-engine plane slammed into a low mountain 37 miles west of Mc Grath. So was the woman sitting behind Evans, an admired school teacher named Julia Walker who lived in Anvik, the Yukon River village that Evans and his wife, both 32, had been flying to as they began their first year teaching in rural Alaska.