A small plane with four people on board crashed Friday afternoon near mile 37 of the Seward Highway. Alaska State Troopers say three people were killed and one person who survived was airlifted in critical condition.

Troopers in Seward were notified at 4 p.m. Friday of an emergency location transmitter being activated in mountainous terrain. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say the crash was 30 miles north of Seward.

According to NTSB Alaska regional chief Clint Johnson, the crash site is remote and extremely difficult to reach by land. Alaska Air National Guard pararescuers responded and found the survivor who was airlifted to a hospital. 

On Saturday, an AST helicopter transported members of Alaska Mountain Rescue Group to the crash site, who then hiked to the crash and secured the scene. In an updated online dispatch, the victims have been tentatively identified as:

•     Michael Scott Christy, 73 of Anchorage, pilot
•     Jean Tam, 69 of Anchorage
•     Suzanne Glass, 29 of Sterling, Virginia

The update from troopers stated that Christy and Tam were married.

Andrea Joy Cooper, 28 of Sterling, Virginia, survived the crash and is hospitalized in critical condition in Anchorage.

Recovery efforts have been stymied by poor visibility from smoke from the nearby Swan Lake wildfire and the terrain.

Troopers plan to return to the area Sunday to attempt to complete recovery of the deceased.

This is the second deadly plane crash in the area this month, after a June 21 crash near Little Johnstone Lake claimed the lives of the pilot and two passengers on board. 

This story has been updated to include information on the identities of those involved in the crash.

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