By: Manny Creech

The Matanuska Electric Association reported a plane crash Saturday evening in north Eagle River.

According to the utility company’s Facebook page, the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. in the Fire Lake area. There were four people on board, a couple and their two adult children, according to National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Clint Johnson.  There is no information on their current condition.

The crash caused damage to power lines and knocked out power for 85 customers. MEA said it restored power around 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

The NTSB was unable to send investigators to the crash site due to concerns over COVID-19, according to Johnson. He says the final decision on whether to send a team will be made by his supervisors in Washington, D.C.

Johnson says NTSB is working with the Anchorage fire and police departments to investigate the crash. No other details are available at this time.

Dave Leval contributed to this report.