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Mar 6, 2013 1:50 PM by AP, posted by Kirsten Bennett

3 bodies found in wreckage along Iditarod route

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials in Alaska say three people, including a child, have been found dead in the wreckage of a small airplane that crashed along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The Cessna 182 left Anchorage on Monday for Takotna, a village on the route of the Iditarod.

A spokeswoman for Alaska Air National Guard says aerial searchers spotted the wreckage at the 4,000-foot level of Rainy Pass. A crew landed and located the bodies.

Alaska State Troopers identified those killed as 59-year-old pilot Ted Smith, 48-year-old Carolyn Sorvoja (sor-VOY'-ah) and 10-year-old Rosemarie Sorvoja, all residents of suburban Anchorage.

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