Eight people on board a scheduled commuter flight are safe after an emergency landing in King Salmon Thursday afternoon, forced by a ground strike during an attempted landing at its original destination.

Lake Clark Air employees said the plane had been en route from Dillingham to Pilot Point at the time of the incident.

According to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Mike Hodges the plane, a Beechcraft Model 99 twin-engine turboprop, had been attempting to make a routine landing in Pilot Point at the time. One pilot and seven passengers were on board.

“During the instrument approach, the plane impacted terrain,” Hodges said. “After the airplane impacted terrain the pilot made a go-around and initiated landing at (the) King Salmon airport.”

Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch that they were told the plane was inbound to King Salmon just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

After touching down on the main runway, none of the occupants were injured but “damage to the Beechcraft was sustained on the right wing and the landing gear.”

“The main runway is currently closed for aircraft removal,” troopers wrote.

Another Lake Clark Air plane is en route to take the passengers to their original destinations, according to airline staff.

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