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PenAir plane flying from Anchorage crashes on Bering Sea

Christian Fernsby |
A commuter airplane carrying 38 passengers, went off the runway while landing Thursday near a small Alaska community on the Bering Sea.

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Topics: PENAIR    PLANE    CRASH   

The extent of injuries was not known, but a school official said the swim team was fine and eating pizza shortly after the incident about 5 p.m. Thursday at the airport in Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands.

Unalaska is home to Dutch Harbor, one of the nation’s busiest fishing ports.

A SAAB-Scania 2000 operated by Peninsula Airways, or PenAir, went off the end of the runway under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email to The Associated Press.

He said local authorities reported three crew members on board in addition to the passengers.

PenAir is operated by Ravn Alaska, and the flight was marketed by Alaska Airlines.

A post on the Alaska Airlines website said, “We’re still gathering information about the welfare of those onboard and the incident itself.”

At least four people were injured, KUCB reported.

Interim Police Chief John Lucking said there were no casualties, according to KUCB.

City Manager Erin Reinders said all passengers and airline crew on the flight manifest were accounted for, according to a report by first responders, KUCB reported.


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