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NTSB Report Indicates Wasilla Pilot, Instructor Was Killed By Spinning Propeller

June 11, 2015 - NTSB report indicates a Wasilla pilot, 62-year-old Clark (Jay) Baldwin was struck and killed by a moving Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub's (N985W) plane propeller. Baldwin accidently walked into the back of the spinning propeller and was struck three times. 

Witnesses reported that on June 4th, four airplanes, flying as a group, had landed at Pevine Bar Airstrip in the Wrangell, St. Elias National Park, McCarthy, Alaska. To stave off swarms of mosquitos while loading the airplanes, the engines of all four aircraft were started and allowed to operate at idle, with the cockpits unattended. 


While loading gear on the right side of the airplane, the airplane to the left of the accident airplane, also a Piper, PA-18, began slowly moving forward. The pilot of N985W attempted to go around the front of his airplane towards the left wing to prevent the two airplanes from making contact, that's when Baldwin who was a certificated airline transport pilot, was struck by the propeller and killed. 

The airplane sustained minor damage, the planes were heading to Cordova when they touched down in the park to do off-airport landing and gravel bar training, a park ranger said last week. The airplane was registered to Hunter Creek, LLC and operated by Alaska Cub Training Specialists, Palmer, Alaska. According a company website, Baldwin and his wife own and operate Alaska’s Cub Training Specialists, which is a flight school located in Wasilla, Alaska.



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