6 people survive plane crash, fire at Bethel Airport
Six people are alive following a plane crash at the Bethel Airport Monday afternoon.
Some of the passengers on board reported minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital.
At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, a Cessna 208 plane crashed with six people on board, including the pilot, according to National Transportation and Safety Board Alaska Chief Clint Johnson.
Johnson stated this was most likely a commuter flight, owned and operated by Grant Aviation.
A fire occurred after the crash, incinerating a large portion of the airplane, but all passengers and the pilot were able to get off before the plane caught fire, Johnson said.
The Bethel Fire Department responded to the incident and was able to extinguish the blaze before it spread further.
Grant Aviation is fully cooperating with the NTSB's investigation. Johnson says the lead investigator, Noreen Price, hopes after talking with the pilot it will be more clear as to how the plane crashed while approaching the airport.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.
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