FBI: No national security threat in ’15 Alaska plane crash

ANCHORAGE — The FBI says there was no threat to national security when a pilot crashed a small airplane into office buildings in downtown Anchorage late last year.

The Anchorage FBI office said in a release Monday that it was an intentional act but an isolated incident. Both the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board have closed their investigations into the Dec. 29 crash that killed the pilot, Doug Demarest.

The Cessna 172 piloted by Demarest clipped a building housing a law firm on Dec. 29 before slamming into another building before most area businesses had opened for the day. A family spokeswoman said the death was a suicide.

The 42-year-old Demarest was flying a plane owned by the Civil Air Patrol after taking it without permission from its hangar at Merrill Field, a small airport on the edge of downtown.

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