NTSB: Unalaska crash occurred on plane's 2nd landing attempt
The National Transportation Safety Board says Thursday night's deadly crash of PenAir Flight 3296 in Unalaska took place during the second landing attempt.
NTSB Region Chief Clint Johnson said preliminary witness interviews report the plane attempted to land once, then circled back around. The second time, the plane landed then ran off the runway, crossed a road and almost ended up in the water.
There were 42 people on the flight — 39 passengers and three crew. Alaska State Troopers on Friday named 38-year-old David Oltman from Washington state as the passenger who was killed. He died from injuries sustained in the crash.
"Our entire team is devastated by this tragic accident," said PenAir President/COO Brian Whilden as he fought back tears in a video statement. "On behalf of PenAir, Ravn Air Group, and all of our employees with the company, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and loved ones of our passenger who passed away."
Eleven people, including Oltman, were transported for medical care. One person was medevaced to Anchorage, while others are receiving medical care in Unalaska, according to a release on the City of Unalaska website Friday.
The NTSB will now work to find out what caused the crash. Johnson said investigators have plenty of clues.
"The flight data recorder, the cockpit voice recorder, lots and lots of data in addition to the physical evidence," he said. "The airplane itself as far as crush zones, damage to the airplane, all that is going to be studied."
It could take at least a year to find out what caused the crash.
Fuel that had been leaking into the water from the Saab 2000 aircraft has been contained and removed, city officials stated. Remaining fuel in the plane has been removed.
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities officials have determined the runway was not damaged during the crash, according to a release from the City of Unalaska. A later statement from the city said plans were underway to remove the wreckage on Saturday. The runway and surrounding roadways are expected to reopen once cleared.
Jes Stugelmayer contributed to this report.
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