3 Dead in Alaska Floatplane Crash

Others were injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2015 4:39 PM CDT
Stock photo of a lake in Alaska.   (AP Photo/Juneau Empire, Abby Lowell)

(Newser) – Three people died and others were injured today after a floatplane belonging to a fishing lodge crashed with 10 people on board in southwest Alaska, authorities said. Alaska State Troopers said the three dead were from outside the state. The injured passengers were being flown to Anchorage hospitals following the crash near the small community of Iliamna, 175 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's unclear how many people were hurt. Local residents said the plane belongs to the Rainbow King Lodge.

Rescue personnel initially took injured passengers to the clinic in Iliamna. The plane crashed on takeoff at Eastwind Lake, 1 mile north of the community, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. It was a De Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter on floats, he said. The cause of the crash is not yet known. National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Chief Clint Johnson said the plane came to rest in some trees. Two NTSB investigators were heading to Iliamna later in the day, he said. (Read more plane crash stories.)

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