A Person Dies Inside a Plane That Left The Runway In Alaska

Juneau, Alaska – A person was killed when a local plane flew off the runway while landing at the Unalaska fishing community airport in remote Aleutian Islands, authorities said Friday.

Alaska state police identified the victim as David Allan Oltman, 38, of Washington state.

The plane, operated by Peninsula Airways or PenAir, took off from Anchorage around 3:15 p.m. Thursday with 39 passengers and three crew members, the company said in a statement. One of the passengers was a child under 2 years old, said Clint Johnson, head of the regional office of the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


The flight landed at approximately 5:40 p.m. and left at the end of the runway. PenAir is owned by Ravn Air Group, which said it cooperates with federal investigators.

"On behalf of PenAir, Ravn Air Group and all our employees in the company, we want to offer our most sincere condolences and condolences to the family and loved ones of our passing passenger," said Dave Pflieger, president of Ravn Air Group, in a statement. .

Johnson said a team of nine NTSB investigators would arrive in Anchorage on Friday afternoon. Some members would remain in Anchorage while others would travel on Saturday morning to Unalaska, he added. Additionally, an Alaska agency investigator would be on the scene when flight data and audio recorders were taken from the cabin, he said.