Bodies found on the Iditarod route have been linked to a recent plane crash in the area. The bodies of three people were found on Monday (March 4) near Rainy Pass in Alaska. According to a report from late Tuesday (March 5), pilot Ted Smith, Carolyn Sorvoja, and 10-year-old Rosemarie Sorvoja died in the tragic crash.
The Sorvojas were heading to the small village of Takotna to serve as volunteers for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race but were reported as overdue when the plane they were flying on didn't return to Anchorage to pick up more passengers. A massive search was conducted by about 10 military, state trooper and private aircraft flying grids before the wreckage was spotted near Rainy Pass Tuesday morning.
The three bodies found on the Iditarod route were confirmed later on Tuesday and the tragic news that there were no survivors was relayed back. As to why the 182 Cessna ended up crashing, the investigation is considered to be ongoing at this time. The search was made more difficult, though, because the pilot had not activated the personal locator beacon on his vest or the emergency locator transmitter on the plane itself.
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