New details have emerged regarding the death of Rep. Mary Peltola’s husband, Eugene Peltola, Jr., who died in a plane crash on Sept. 12.
According to the Alaska State Troopers, the plane crash occurred on Sept. 12. Troopers were notified at around 8:50 p.m. of a plane crash approximately 64 miles Northeast of Saint Mary’s, Alaska.
An Emergency Locater Transmitter was activated, which was registered to the 57-year-old Eugene Peltola, Jr., who was piloting the plane with no passengers.
“Two hunters who were at the scene but not involved in the crash provided medical care to the injured pilot and sole occupant of the plane,” the Trooper report stated.
An Alaska Air National Guard rescue team was deployed to the scene, which arrived early in the morning of September 13. The pilot was confirmed to be Peltola who was flying a Piper Supercub that crashed just after departure.
“Peltola unfortunately died before the rescue team arrived,” the Troopers noted. “The rescue team transported Peltola and the two uninjured hunters back to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.”
Peltola’s body was brought to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and there is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash.