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Plane Crash at Alaska Airport Kills All 10 on Board, AP Reports

An air taxi that crashed at an Alaska airport killed all 10 people aboard, the Associated Press said.

Nine passengers and the pilot died when the de Havilland DHC-3 Otter crashed in Soldotna, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage, the AP reported, citing Clint Johnson, an investigator with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane crashed at 11:20 a.m. local time yesterday, the agency said in an e-mailed statement, without mentioning casualties. Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the safety board, couldn’t immediately be reached by phone.

The agency is dispatching a team to investigate the crash, it said in the statement. The accident comes a day after a Boeing Co. 777 jetliner operated by Asiana Airlines Inc. crashed at San Francisco International Airport, killing two passengers and injuring scores of others.

The aircraft was operated by Rediske Air, based in Nikiski, Alaska, the AP said, citing the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft was engulfed in flames before firefighters could reach it, the report said, citing an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman who couldn’t immediately be reached by phone.

The victims haven’t been identified, the AP reported.

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