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Air Taxi Crash - Alaska - 10 Lost

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While not as large of an aircraft, this one had a more tragic outcome as all 10 on board are no longer alive.  Hopefully the saying about these things coming in threes is wrong in this case.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/07/alaska-plane-crash_n_3559269.html

 

Alaska Plane Crash Kills All 10 People On Board

By MARK THIESSEN 07/07/13 11:21 PM ET EDT

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An air taxi crashed Sunday at an Alaska airport, killing all 10 people aboard, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said.

 

The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. and sent the fixed-wing aircraft up in flames, said Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers. The victims have not yet been identified.

 

NTSB investigator Clint Johnson said the pilot and nine passengers were killed in the crash at the airport late Sunday morning. Initial reports had the accident happening as the plane took off.

NTSB identified the aircraft in a release Sunday as a de Havilland Otter Air Taxi, which the Aviation Safety Foundation says can seat up to 20 passengers.

 

The NTSB is sending a team to investigate the crash. NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said one local member of the team was at the scene Sunday evening.

 

For many Alaskans, flying across the state is common, exposing residents to a litany of hazards including treacherous mountain passes and volatile weather.

 

Alaska already has seen several plane crashes this year, including a June 28 crash that killed a pilot and two passengers on a commercial tour in the Alaska Range.

 

The Soldotna crash comes a day after an Asiana flight crashed at San Francisco's airport.

 

Soldotna is south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula.

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All 10 people aboard an air taxi were killed Sunday when it burst into flames at an Alaska airport, authorities said.

Officials do not know what caused the de Havilland DHC-3 Otter to catch fire at the Soldotna Airport on Sunday morning. But by the time fire fighters and medics arrived, the aircraft was fully engulfed, said Soldotna police.

"There were 10 souls on the aircraft and all perished," said Capt. Lesley Quelland with the Central Emergency Services.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate. It was not immediately known if the plane was taking off or landing when it caught fire.

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Very sad. I just saw this on the news.

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