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AST has positively identified the other two occupants of the Cessna 185. Cody J. Rosania (35 yoa of Buckeye, AZ) died in the crash. Rayne R. Rush (40 yoa of Buckeye Arizona) was the third occupant inside the C185, he suffered life-threatening injuries. Family members have been notified. The State Medical Examiner's Office called for an autopsy of both men who died.
On 8/27/20 at 1355 hours AST received a report of a mid-air collision above the airstrip which is parallel to Dolphin Way in west Fairbanks. AST, AWT, Airport Police & Fire Department and Chena Goldstream Fire & Rescue responded to the scene. Initial investigation indicated a Piper Supercub flown by Larry D. Dalrymple (73 yoa of Fairbanks) collided with a Cessna 185 (corrected model) flown by Shane E. Bennett (52 yoa of Fairbanks). After the collision both aircraft crashed into the ground on the gravel runway. The Cessna 185 burst into flames on impact. Dalrymple was seriously injured and he was transported to FMH. Bennett was killed in the crash. A 40 yoa male was extricated from the burning wreckage and was transported to FMH with life-threatening injuries. One other passenger was inside the C185 and that person was also killed in the crash. AST has not been able to notify next of kin for the second deceased person. The critically injured person has been identified, but AST has not notified the next of kin yet. AST notified NTSB of the crash. Local FAA personnel are on scene and they are investigating the crash. The airfield is currently closed for an indefinite amount of time. AWT and AST are still on scene assisting with scene security.
Posted on 8/27/2020 3:49:49 PM by DPS\bjwassmann