Timothy Young 10/9/92 Eagle River Flying Crash
Long Search For Missing Pilot Ends in Chugach Park
By Hugh Curran, ADN 8/15/93
The body of a pilot missing since October was recovered Saturday after two hikers
led crash investigators to the wreckage of a plane they discovered in Chugach State
Park the night before. The body of Homer resident Timothy P. Young was found
in the wreckage of the two-seater Aeronica Champion he was flying from North Pole
to Homer on Oct. 9, said Tim Borson with the National Transportation Safety Board
in Anchorage. Young was the only person on board the plane. He was 32
at the time he disappeared.
Two unidentified hikers from Utah, in Alaska for the summer, had walked 2-1/2 hours
into the Chugach State Park from the Old Glenn Highway just north of Eagle River
when they discovered the wreckage and some skeletal remains Friday, said Joette
Storm with the Federal Aviation Administration in Anchorage. The hikers called
police that evening.
On Saturday afternoon, one of the hikers and investigators with the NTSB, FAA and
Alaska State Troopers went by helicopter to the site of the crash. Trooper
Sgt. Ed Stauber said the plane was spotted about 3 p.m. "We landed at the
top of a mountain and hiked down to the site," Stauber said. "The wreckage
was in a small gulley with fairly steep sides and heavy vegetation."
He could not pinpoint the location of the wreckage.
Young's family had reported him overdue two days after he failed to return to Homer
from North Pole. What followed was one of the largest searches for missing
aircraft in Alaska history.
For 12 days in October, state, federal and volunteer civilian pilots flew search
patterns covering more than 56,600 square miles between Fairbanks and Homer as they
looked for Young and a second missing plane with four aboard that left Fairbanks
two days later bound for Anchorage. The search was called off Oct. 23.
The wreckage of the second plane, a Piper Cherokee, was found in May near Mile 133
of the Parks Highway by the father of one of the passengers. Young would have
encountered rain mixed with snow in the Southcentral area on the day of the flight,
forecasters with the National Weather Service said Saturday. He did not file
a flight plan.
Borson said Young's father had been in contact with his office several times since
the disappearance. He will be relieved to know the wreckage and remains were
found, Borson said.
Young's remains had been removed from the scene Saturday night, Borson said, and
investigators will return to investigate further and document the crash site.