Ten killed in Alaska air taxi crash, fire
(CNN) — All 10 people aboard an air taxi were killed Sunday when it crashed and burst into flames at a small airport on southern Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, authorities said.
The single-engine de Havilland DHC-3 Otter “struck the runway and burned” at about 11:20 a.m. at the Soldotna Airport, about 60 miles southwest of Anchorage, the Federal Aviation Administration said, citing local law enforcement officials.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the aircraft was taking off or landing at the time, the FAA said. By the time firefighters and medics arrived, the aircraft was engulfed, Soldotna police said.
“There were 10 souls on the aircraft and all perished,” said Capt. Lesley Quelland with the Central Emergency Services, which serves the Soldotna area.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been called in to investigate.
The airport is about a mile from the center of Soldotna, a community of about 4,100 people.