A private plane carrying seven people crashed into trees near Port Alsworth on the morning of Monday, October 9th, after strong gusts buffeted the plane shortly after takeoff. One passenger suffered a broken back and another a broken pelvis. The others on board were unharmed or had minor injuries. The group included at least two children. The single-engine Piper Cherokee Six had just left Port Alsworth and was headed for Egegik, a village in the region, when it hit turbulence. Port Alsworth, a village about 186 miles west of Anchorage, sits near mountains on the edge of the park. At the time of the accident, ground winds were blowing at about 30 mph, increasing as the plane gained altitude. The pilot turned around immediately after takeoff, hoping to get back to the airport, but couldnât control the plane, which was hit by a series of strong downdrafts. The plane crashed belly up near Lake Clark, spinning 180 degrees before sliding to a stop. The pilot suffered only a minor injury. The six passengers were flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.