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1 Dead, 4 Hurt After Small Plane Crashes in Alaska

1 Dead, 4 Hurt After Small Plane Crashes in Alaska

Bystanders and police search the burning wreckage of a Cessna that crashed near downtown Anchorage.

Associated Press

June 02, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in a busy business district near downtown Anchorage, Alaska, killing a small child and injuring the four other people onboard.

Jennifer Rodi, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, says the single-engine Cessna 206 went down shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday after departing Merrill Field about a mile away. The plane clipped the roof of a motel before crashing in front of a former car lot office, starting a fire.

Rodi says the four survivors onboard were critically injured. No other injuries were reported.

She says the identities of those onboard is unknown. But the plane is registered to Cavner and Julian Inc., a guide and outfitting business based in Port Alsworth, Alaska.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in a business district near downtown Anchorage, Alaska, killing a child and injuring four other people.

Sue Rodman, spokeswoman for the Anchorage Fire Department, says all five people were onboard the plane.

She says the four who were hurt were hospitalized, but she had no information on their condition or the severity of their injuries.

Police Lt. Dave Parker says as least one of the injured has been flown to a Seattle hospital. No names or hometowns were released.

Parker says the plane clipped the roof of a motel before crashing in front of a former car lot office, starting a fire, at about 5 p.m. Tuesday. The office appeared to be vacant, and no other injuries were reported.

The cause of the crash was unknown. Rodman says National Transportation Safety Board representatives are at the scene investigating.


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