Airplane Crash Kills 10, This Time in Alaska
In the second aviation-related disaster to hit the U.S. in as many days, 10 people died when a sea-plane crashed and burst into flames in Soldotna airport in Alaska on Sunday.
It's not clear yet whether the plane was taking off or landing, but the de Havilland DHC3 Otter air taxi reportedly smashed the tarmac and was engulfed in fire just after 11 a.m. on Sunday, killing all nine passegers and the pilot. The blaze reportedly prevented rescue teams from reaching the the victims.
"There were 10 souls on the aircraft and all perished," said the captain of the Central Emergency Services.
The reasons for the accident are still unknown.
The victims have not yet been named, but the Police Department said Sunday that the remains of all 10 people have been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for identifications.
Although airplane accidents are somewhat common in Alaska, flying remains one of the easiest ways for people to reach Soldotna, and the region is especially busy over the summer because people go there for the salmon fishing.