3 dead after plane carrying 10 crashes in Alaska

Rachel D'oro
Associated Press

Anchorage, Alaska — 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 residents of California and Pennsylvania. The deceased were identified as 80-year-old Tony W. Degroot of Hanford, California; 70-year-old James P. Fletcher of Clovis, California, and 69-year-old James Specter of Shavertown, Pennsylvania.

The agency says injured passengers are being flown to Anchorage hospitals following the crash 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 spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the plane crashed on takeoff at Eastwind Lake, 1 mile north of Iliamna. He says the aircraft was a De Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter on floats, and the cause of the crash is not yet known.

Iliamna is about 175 miles southwest of Anchorage.