All nine passengers and a pilot were killed yesterday in Alaska's worst aviation accident in more than 25 years. A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter air taxi crashed just after 11am at the airport in Soldotna, around 75 miles southwest of Anchorage, the AP reports. The aircraft was operated by Rediske Air, an air charter company whose owner, Walter Rediske, was the pilot killed in the crash.
When fire crews reached the airport, "the aircraft was crashed off the side of the runway and it was fully involved in flames" which took around 10 minutes to extinguish, an emergency services spokeswoman tells the Anchorage Daily News. The aircraft crashed on take-off but there were no witnesses to the crash, she says. A National Transportation Safety Board investigative "go-team" from Washington, DC, is on its way to the crash site. (Read more Alaska stories.)