Commuter Plane Crashes in Alaska

Wednesday, October 10th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DILLINGHAM, Alaska (AP) _ A commuter plane with 10 people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring one, state police said.

The plane, operated by PenAir, Alaska's biggest commuter airline, went down in calm, clear weather en route to King Salmon, a community about 75 miles away, Alaska State Troopers spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The National Transportation Safety Board planned to send investigators.

The injured passenger was hospitalized. Her condition was not immediately released.

Dillingham is on Bristol Bay, 330 miles southwest of Anchorage.

PenAir is affiliated with Alaska Airlines.