4 unhurt in Yute Air plane crash near Bethel
A Yute Air plane crashed without injuries Thursday afternoon near Bethel, according to Alaska State Troopers and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Word of the crash, about 30 miles northeast of Bethel, reached troopers at about 5 p.m. according to an online dispatch.
“The aircraft, a Yute Air [Piper] PA-32, was being operated commercially on a charter flight from Aniak to Bethel,” troopers wrote. “The pilot and three adult male passengers were not injured. An Alaska Army [National] Guard UH-60 helicopter responded from Bethel and picked up the survivors.”
Clint Johnson, the NTSB’s Alaska chief, confirmed that no injuries had been reported in the crash. According to Johnson, “the pilot reported loss of engine power” which led to “a subsequent forced landing” of the single-engine plane.
Investigators were awaiting further details on the crash Thursday evening, Johnson said.
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