Five killed in plane crash in Alaska


Five people were killed in a commuter plane crash in Alaska, Reuters reported on Friday, citing officials.

The disaster occurred on Thursday afternoon in southwest Alaska. A Piper PA32 plane crashed “under unknown circumstances,” Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email. The four passengers and the pilot were killed.

The crash occurred near the Yup’ik village of Tuntutuliak – a community about 700 kilometers southwest of Anchorage. This comes from a message from the State Police Department (Alaska State Troopers).

The aircraft was operated by the local airline Yute Air, which is based in the hub of the remote region – the city of Bethel. The machine was traveling from Bethel to the village of Kipnuk.

The identity of the victims has not yet been released; the authorities first tried to notify their relatives.

Kenitzer wrote that an investigation into the causes of the accident will soon begin.

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