3 bodies found in wreckage along Iditarod route


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three people, including a child, were found dead Tuesday in the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, officials said.

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. They landed and found the bodies, said Kalei Rupp, a spokeswoman with the Alaska Air National Guard.

Alaska State Troopers identified those killed as pilot Ted Smith, 59, Carolyn Sorvoja, 48, and Rosemarie Sorvoja, 10. All were residents of Eagle River, an area on the north side of Anchorage.

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