Crews Recover Plane Wreckage, Pilot’s Body From Southeast Crash

Authorities have recovered the body of Air Excursions pilot Kevin Murray, along with wreckage of the Piper Cherokee airplane he was flying last Thursday when it went down between Juneau and Gustavus.

Alaska State Trooper Tim Birt says Juneau Mountain Rescue and Coastal Helicopters assisted with Saturday’s recovery effort near Point Howard, about 23 miles west of Juneau. Poor weather on Friday delayed the mission until this weekend.

The 56-year-old Murray was the only person on board the flight to Gustavus.

The plane was turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of the crash.

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Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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