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Small Plane Crashes, Killing 9 and Injuring 1

THE NATION | IN BRIEF / ALASKA

October 11, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A commuter plane with 10 people aboard crashed in the tundra shortly after taking off from Dillingham, killing nine people and critically injuring one, state police said.

The plane, a single-engine Cessna 208 Caravan operated by PenAir, Alaska's biggest commuter airline, went down in calm, clear weather about two miles from the end of the runway, authorities said. The crew had given no indication the plane was in trouble.

It was on its way to King Salmon, a community about 75 miles from Dillingham, which is 330 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The National Transportation Safety Board planned to send investigators.

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