Clipped From Daily Sitka Sentinel
Sitka Couple Killed In Airplane Crash By Sentinel Stair Sitka residents George and Jackie Rossow were killed Sunday morning when their private plane crashed just north of Cape Edgecumbe oh Kruzof Island. -^^ , The first indication of the crash was noted at 10:51 sum. Sunday, when a passing boater reported to the Coast Guard Air Station that a fire was burning near Cape Edgecumbe, said Sitka police officer Jim Newman. The air station dispatched a helicopter helicopter to the scene and discovered the burning wreckage of the single engine ,Maule ML-4 aircraft. The crew determined determined that there were no survivors, extinguished die fiie, and returned to the air station to pick up a coroner to take to the site. There were no witnesses to the crash, the Coast Guard said. A National National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Investigator was to be sent to Sitka today to 'conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash. The two bodies recovered from wreck were badly burned, and official sources declined to make positive identification pending post mortem examination. The pilot's body was to Juneau for autopsy, (he police department said. The FAA said the pilot had filed VFR (visual flight rules) flight plan a local trip before taking off from Sitka Airport Sunday morning. The crash site was about 15 miles west the airport. George Rossow operated a machine shop on Halibut Point Road the several months, and prior to that worked as a machinist for Alaska Co. far 10 years, said a friend, . Jackie Rossow worked at Harry Race Pharmacy, where she had been employed for many years. The Ros- sows' youngest son, Chris, lived at home with his parents.