The single-engine de Havilland DHC-3 Otter “struck the runway and burned” around 11:20 a.m. Sunday at the Soldotna Airport, about 60 miles southwest of Anchorage, the Federal Aviation Administration said, citing local law enforcement officials.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the aircraft was taking off or landing at the time, the FAA said. By the time firefighters and medics arrived, the aircraft was engulfed, Soldotna police said.
“There were 10 souls on the aircraft and all perished,” said Capt. Lesley Quelland with the Central Emergency Services, which serves the Soldotna area.
The flight was supposed to take passengers to Bear Mountain Lodge off Alaska’s Chinitna Bay, about 80 miles southwest of Soldotna, the lodge’s co-owner, Mac McGahan, told CNN on Monday.
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