Three killed in Alaska plane crash

San Francisco, Sep 16 (IANS) Three people were killed when a plane crashed in Alaska on Tuesday, a media report said on Wednesday.

At least 10 people were on board the ill-fated plane, Xinhua news agency reported.

Alaska State Troopers said the DHC-3T Turbine Otter crashed on takeoff from the East Wind Lake near Iliamna and was reported just before 6.30 a.m. local time.

It took place “300 yards (270 meters) from the airfield,” Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sergeant Edward Eagerton was quoted as saying by Alaska Dispatch News.

Troopers confirmed that “there are three fatalities reported, all out-of-state residents’.

The plane was headed to a fishing site in the northernmost state, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesman Clint Johnson said, adding that of those aboard, “there were guests, there were guides and there were obviously the crew on board”.

The cause of the crash was not yet known, the media reports said.

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