Commuter plane crashes in Alaska; nine reported killed |

Commuter plane crashes in Alaska; nine reported killed

The Associated Press

DILLINGHAM, Alaska (AP) – A commuter plane with 10 people aboard crashed in the tundra shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing nine people and critically injuring one, state police said.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan operated by PenAir, Alaska’s biggest commuter airline, went down in calm, clear weather about two miles from the end of the runway, authorities said.

It was on its way to King Salmon, a community about 75 miles away, with nine passengers and a pilot.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The National Transportation Safety Board planned to send investigators.

Richard Harding, PenAir vice president of operations, said the crew had given no indication the plane was in trouble.

The injured passenger was hospitalized in critical condition.

Dillingham is on Bristol Bay, 330 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The Cessna 208 Caravan can carry up to 14 people.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.