Child Killed in Plane Crash Near Downtown Anchorage

Bystanders rush to save passengers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2010 1:42 AM CDT
Bystanders and police search the burning wreckage of a Cessna 206 plane for survivors shortly after yesterday's crash.   (AP Photo/Adan Hernandez)
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(Newser) – A young child was killed and 4 other people injured when a small plane crashed into one of the busiest streets in Anchorage during rush hour yesterday. The Cessna clipped a motel before smashing into a vacant car dealership, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Dozens of witnesses and passing motorists rushed to the scene to rescue passengers from the burning plane.

"Everyone was running over to help," said one witness. "They lifted up the wing of the plane and started pulling people out." Said another passer-by: "Oh my God, I couldn't believe it. I never felt so helpless."

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