Airlines suspend service between Anchorage, Dutch Harbor following fatal crash
Alaska Airlines and PenAir have temporarily ceased service from Anchorage to the Southwest Alaska island of Unalaska.
In a blog post Monday afternoon, Alaska Airlines said the decision was made to suspend flights to the Aleutian community following the deadly crash of PenAir Flight 3296 on Oct. 17. The Saab 2000 aircraft was carrying 42 people — 39 passengers and three crew — when it ran off the airport runway. Passenger David Allan Oltman, 38 of Washington state, died of traumatic injuries after the crash.
The flight was operated by PenAir, but marketed and sold by Alaska Airlines, which had previously suspended service between Anchorage and Unalaska through Monday.
"Alaska and PenAir are working together to determine a timeline for resuming service to Unalaska, Alaska," the company wrote.
Passengers with tickets to or from Dutch Harbor that were purchased before Oct. 17 for travel between Oct. 28 can request a full refund from Alaska Airlines by calling 1-888-885-0155.
A release from the City of Unalaska on Monday stated the wreckage had been moved to an area behind the runway.
"Ballyhoo Road is fully open, and no further road closures are expected in relation to the PenAir crash landing," the city wrote.
The runway has been open since 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the release, which states several cargo and charter flights have landed at the airport since the crash.
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