Troopers: No survivors found on crashed plane
By KTVA CBS 11 News 6:00 PM October 2, 2016
ANCHORAGE, AK –
Last updated at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2
Alaska State Troopers are engaged in an active rescue mission for three people onboard a small plane that crashed near Togiak, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesman Clint Johnson. A trooper dispatch stated they found no survivors at the crash scene.
“Ravn Connect, Flight #3153 operated by Hageland Aviation Services d.b.a. Ravn Connect traveling from Quinhagak to Togiak carrying two pilots and one passenger has been involved in an accident,” a statement from Ravn Alaska said. “We are working with the State Troopers to confirm if there are survivors. Our focus at this time is to support the rescue efforts.”
The names of the deceased are being withheld until their families can be notified, troopers said.
Johnson said the plane, a Cessna 208 operated by Hageland Aviation Services, was reported missing Sunday afternoon.
“Ravn Connect — which is Hageland Aviation Services doing business as Ravn Connect — contacted us about 1:30 this afternoon indicating they had lost contact with one of their flights in between Quinhagak and Togiak,” Johnson said in a phone interview.
Troopers found the wreckage of the plane about 12 miles northwest of Togiak in steep, mountainous terrain, Johnson explained, adding that troopers were on the ground there before 6:45 p.m.
Johnson said two NTSB investigators were headed to the scene, but it was unclear when they would arrive.
Quinhagak is roughly 70 miles from Togiak by air.
Another Ravn Connect flight utilizing a Hageland Aviation Services plane crashed in midair with another plane on Aug. 31. There were no survivors.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
===== No survivors in small plane crash near Togiak
By KTUU Staff |
Updated: Mon 12:09 AM, Oct 03, 2016
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) 8:30 p.m. UPDATE:
Alaska State Troopers say all three on board the plane were killed.
6 p.m. UPDATE:
Ravn has confirmed that three people were on board Flight #3153 - two pilots and one passenger. Ravn Alaska has not yet confirmed their identities.
However a public relations account for Ravn said in the same email that they are "working with the State Troopers to confirm if there are survivors."
This is a developing story.
A rescue operation is under way in Southwest Alaska after a plane crash Sunday afternoon.
Three people were aboard the Cessna 208, which was on its way from Quinhagak to Togiak, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
Few details are immediately available, including the medical condition of people on the flight.
NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson said the plane was operated by Hageland Aviation Services doing business as Ravn Connect. An airline spokesperson also confirmed the company operated the flight. Aviation investigators are on the way to the scene.
Just a month ago, another Cessna 208 Caravan operated by the same company was involved in a deadly mid-air collision near Russian Mission.
Preliminary - official
Date: Sunday 2 October 2016
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operating for: Ravn Connect
Leased from: Hageland Aviation Services
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A
Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: 12 mls NW of Togiak, AK ( United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Quinhagak Airport, AK (KWN/PAQH), United States of America
Destination airport: Togiak Airport, AK (TOG/PATG), United States of America
A Hageland Aviation Services Cessna 208 Caravan operating as Ravn Connect Flight #3153 from Quinhagak with two crew and one passenger onboard impacted mountainous terrain 12 statute miles northwest of its intended destination of Togiak. All three occupants died in the crash.