Local police want to find and formally honor the bystanders who, on June 1, managed to save four of five occupants from a burning Cessna 206 that crashed into a building on an Anchorage street. The group became first responders when the 206 crashed on takeoff from Merrill Field, skipping off a rooftop and impacting an empty building. As one wing burned, the fire ignited the building. The fire spread as rescuers lifted the aircraft's non-burning wing and stabilized the tail to pull occupants out of the wreck before professional first responders arrived, according to Anchorage Daily News. When first responders did arrive, the good Samaritan crowd continued their work. Photos of the rescue reveal the extraordinary effort.
The FAA's preliminary report states that there were four persons on board the aircraft, but the Anchorage Daily News lists five: two parents in their 30's and their two young children, plus one other teenage girl. One of the children, a four-year-old, died. The remaining family members received critical injuries and the teenage girl received serious injuries. Anyone with information that can help police identify the good Samaritans should contact Lt. Garry Gilliam at (907) 786-8647.
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