At a small Alaska fishing community airport, a plane crashed and killed all 10 people aboard.
Engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to it, the de Havilland DHC3 Otter began burning just after 11 a.m. at the airport in Soldotna, Alaska about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage.
The plane was believed to have been taking off from the airport Sunday morning when it became engulfed in flames, Roy Browning, deputy chief of Central Emergency Services in Soldotna, told ABC News.
The wreckage of a de Havilland DHC3 Otter remained on the runway at Soldotna Municipal Airport, awaiting the arrival of the NTSB team.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss said the crash was considered a high priority for the agency, because the plane was an air-taxi, which is held to a higher standard than general aviation aircraft.
Authorities have not identified any of the crash victims, but the Soldotna Police Department said all of the passengers were believed to be from South Carolina. They also stated that the remains of all 10 people have been recovered and sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for autopsies and positive identifications.
The plane was operated by Rediske Air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The de Havilland DHC-3 Otter airplane had a single turbo-prop engine and was manufactured in 1958, according to FAA records.
The cause of the crash has not been determined. The weather was reported to be cloudy with a light wind at the time of the crash, troopers told Anchorage Daily News.
The Alaska plane crash comes just one day after the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at the San Francisco International Airport. The tail was torn off on impact and the plane burst into flames.
The crash of the Boeing 777 resulted in two deaths and 181 people were injured. Forty-nine patients were still hospitalized today and eight patients remained in critical condition.
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