Ten killed in Alaska
air taxi crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say an air taxi has crashed at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska, killing all 10 people on board.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the pilot and nine passengers were killed in the crash at the airport late Sunday morning.
Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers says the fixed-wing aircraft was fully engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to the plane. The victims have not yet been identified.
The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Johnson said initial reports had the accident happening as the plane took off.
The NTSB identified the aircraft in a release Sunday as a de Havilland Otter Air Taxi.
Coast Guard suspends search for fisherman
WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 51-year-old Massachusetts man who fell overboard while fishing off the coast of Connecticut.
The Coast Guard says Yuri Kirvpichev of West Springfield was fishing with two sons and a friend at the mouth of the Connecticut River off Old Saybrook, Conn., at about 8 p.m. Sunday when he fell out of the 19-foot boat while attempting to retrieve a fishing pole he dropped into the water.
The Coast Guard, using boats as well as a helicopter, with the help of local rescue teams, searched 140 square miles of water for 30 hours looking for Kirvpichev without success.
He was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.
Maine cyclist wins
Mt. Washington race
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Maine cyclist Dereck Treadwell won the grueling race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, for a second time on Saturday.
Treadwell, 38, finished the 7.6-mile course up the auto road in 58 minutes and 14 seconds, riding through fog and 55-mph wind gusts, race officials said.
U.S. mountain bike champion Lisa Davison of Jericho, Vt., won the women’s race in 1 hour and 54 seconds, finishing seventh overall.
To reach the summit, competitors gained 4,560 feet of altitude while battling gravity and unpredictable winds in the race called Newton’s Revenge.
Treadwell beat newcomer Eric Follen of Sanford, Maine, by four seconds, after the two battled for victory through much of the race, race officials said. Tim Ahearn of Woodstock, Conn., was third at 59:06.
Treadwell returned to the race after previously winning the climb in 2011.
The men’s record of 49:24 was set in 2002 by Tom Danielson of Connecticut; French cyclist Jeannie Longo set the women’s record at 58:14 in 2000. But the current standard for women is often considered to be the fastest time set by six-time winner Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., who finished in 1:03:14 in 2000, race officials said. Shea, who is touring and coaching in Europe, did not make this year’s race, officials said.