US: 9 passengers, pilot killed in plane crash at Alaska airport
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US: 9 passengers, pilot killed in plane crash at Alaska airport

Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday July 7, 2013 at the Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska. No survivors were located and it is unknown how many people were on board. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – U.S. authorities say an air taxi has crashed at an airport in Alaska, killing all 10 people on board.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the pilot and nine passengers were killed at Soldotna Airport on Sunday morning.

Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers says the fixed-wing aircraft was engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to the plane. The victims have not yet been identified.

Johnson says initial reports had the accident happening as the plane took off.

Flying across the vast northern state is common for Alaska residents, despite hazards including treacherous mountain passes and volatile weather.

The Soldotna crash comes a day after a far larger Asiana flight crashed at San Francisco’s airport.

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