Man killed in downtown Anchorage plane crash was suicide, family spokeswoman says


A spokeswoman for the family of a man who died when his plane struck two buildings in downtown Anchorage says the crash was a suicide.

Jahna Lindemuth says there’s no reason to think that Doug Demarest was trying to harm anyone but himself.

Lindemuth is a managing partner at the law firm where Demarest’s wife works. She declined to say how the family knew it was a suicide and asked that the family’s privacy be respected.

Demarest was flying a plane owned by the Civil Air Patrol Tuesday when he clipped the building that houses the law firm and crashed into an unoccupied commercial building. He died at the scene. No one else was hurt.

Authorities have said that Demarest was not authorized to fly the aircraft.