Bodies of Plane Crash Victims Recovered from Douglas Island

The bodies of two plane crash victims on Juneau’s Douglas Island have finally been recovered.

Weather cleared enough Friday evening for a helicopter to reach the site of the wrecked fuselage which still held the bodies of Charles Luck and Liping Tang-Luck.

Their Cessna 182 had crashed six days before on Mount Ben Stewart, near the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

A Temsco helicopter with State Troopers on board tried several times last week to access the steep site, but the cloud ceiling was always too low.

Parts from the single-engine plane are scattered over a wide area on the mountain. Now that the bodies have been retrieved, a National Transportation Safety Board crew will attempt to recover all the parts of the plane so it can be reconstructed for the investigation into the cause of the crash.

Charles Luck was a physician’s assistant at the Hoonah Health Clinic. He and his wife were flying from Hoonah to Juneau early on the morning of July 24 when the plane crashed.

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Rosemarie Alexander is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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