Breaking News: Ten People Killed in Airplane Crash in Soldotna, Alaska
All ten people aboard a de Havilland DHC3 Otter aircraft operated by Rediske Air were killed at the airport in Soldotna — located approximately 75 miles southwest of Anchorage — when the airplane crashed two hours ago and was completely engulfed in flames as a result.
Nine passengers and one pilot were aboard the aircraft, which operated as an air taxi service. The victims have not yet been identified at this time, but all of their bodies have reportedly been recovered, according to spokespeople from the Soldotna Police Department and Alaska State Troopers.
It is unclear at this time whether the aircraft was landing or taking off.
A team from the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States is expected to launch an investigation when members of the team arrive in Soldotna on Monday afternoon, July 8, 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration is reportedly also sending a team of investigators to the crash site at Soldotna Airport.
This incident occurred only a day after a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which operated as Asiana Airlines flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. Two people died, 49 people were seriously injured and 132 others suffered from minor injuries out of the 291 passengers and 16 crew members who were aboard that aircraft, which arrived from Incheon International Airport near Seoul.