10 die as air taxi crashes in Alaska

Jul 08, 2013 -- 6:00am

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - All 10 people aboard an air taxi died as the aircraft crashed and was engulfed in flames at the airport in Soldotna on Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson told The Associated Press that nine passengers and one pilot died in the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration said the De Havilland DHC3 Otter was operated by Rediske Air, based out of another Kenai Peninsula community, Nikiski. Will Satathite, who was working Sunday at Rediske Air's Nikiski office, confirmed to the Peninsula Clarion newspaper that the aircraft was flown by Nikiski pilot and company owner Willy Rediske with nine passengers onboard. State Troopers spokeswoman Meagan Peters said a fire that consumed the aircraft initially kept firefighters from reaching the wreckage. The passengers have not been identified.

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