The Latest: City plans to remove plane from site Saturday
October 18, 2019 11:20 PM
UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on a plane that went off the runway while landing at an Aleutian Islands community (all times local):
The city of Unalaska said in a statement Friday evening that it plans to remove on Saturday the PenAir airplane from the scene of a crash
The state Department of Transportation determined the runway was not damaged by the crash, the city said in a news release.
A Ravn Air Group flight brought in investigators from the state transportation department and the NTSB, the city said. It then returned the Cordova High School swim team to Anchorage.
Unalaska is about 825 miles (1,330 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage.
Authorities say a man has died after a commuter plane went off the runway at the airport of a remote Aleutian Islands fishing community.
Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as 38-year-old David Allan Oltman of Washington state.
The city of Unalaska in a statement says 11 people were brought to a local clinic following the Thursday evening crash. Their injuries ranged from critical to minor.
The city says the crash scene has been secured pending the arrival of investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, which it says may be as early as Friday.
The plane went off the runway while landing at the airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team of nine investigators to try to determine why a plane carrying 42 people overran a runway when it was landing at an Aleutian Islands airport.
The NTSB said in a Twitter statement Friday that it was sending the team, following the incident Thursday.
Peninsula Airways says two passengers suffered critical injuries and 10 others were receiving medical care.
A high school swim team was also on the plane but a school official said team members were fine.
The plane was landing at the airport in Unalaska, which is home to Dutch Harbor. It is one of the nation's busiest fishing ports.
Officials say a plane carrying 42 people including a high school swim team went off the runway while landing at a small Alaska community on the Bering Sea.
Peninsula Airways said in a statement Thursday that two passengers suffered critical injuries and 10 others were receiving medical care.
A school official says the swim team was fine after the 5:40 p.m. incident at the airport in Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says in an email that the plane operated by Peninsula Airways went off the end of the runway under unknown circumstances.
Kenitzer says local authorities reported three crew members on board and 38 passengers, but the airline said 39 passengers were on board.
Unalaska is home to Dutch Harbor. It is one of the nation's busiest fishing ports.
Updated: October 18, 2019 11:20 PM
Created: October 18, 2019 11:03 PM
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