Officials say three people, including a child, have been found dead in the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The Cessna 182 left Anchorage on Monday morning for Takotna, a village of 53 on the route of the Iditarod. It was due into the village at noon and was reported overdue at 4 p.m.
Aerial searchers spotted the wreckage at 10:22 a.m. near the 4,000-foot level of Rainy Pass. An Alaska Air National Guard spokeswoman says they landed and found the bodies.
Alaska State Troopers identified those killed as 59-year-old pilot Ted Smith, 48-year-old Carolyn Sorvoja and 10-year-old Rosemarie Sorvoja. All were residents of Eagle River, an area on the north side of Anchorage.