Three dead in Alaska floatplane crash

2015-09-15 22:55


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Anchorage - Authorities say three people are dead after a floatplane belonging to a fishing lodge crashed with 10 people on board in southwest Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers say the three were from outside the state.

The agency says injured passengers are being flown to Anchorage hospitals following the crash on Tuesday near the small community of Iliamna. It's unclear how many people are hurt.

Local residents say the plane belongs to the Rainbow King Lodge. Calls to the business went unanswered.

Rescue personnel initially took injured passengers to the Iliamna clinic.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Allen Kenitzer says the plane crashed on take-off at Eastwind Lake. He says the aircraft was a De Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter on floats. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

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