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Alaska plane crash kills 3 people; 7 survivors reported

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Float plane (GETTY IMAGES)

ILIAMNA, A.K. — A small plane crashed in the area of Iliamna in southern Alaska on Tuesday, killing three people and injuring more.

Rescue personnel were on the ground and assisted the injured passengers, the Alaska Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Seven people survived the crash, Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton told CNN.

“Medical personnel from a local clinic treated survivors. Two (survivors) stayed with them, and an additional five survivors who required a higher level of medical care were transported to an Anchorage hospital,” he said.

Alaska authorities have released the hometowns of the seven men who survived Tuesday’s deadly floatplane crash.

State troopers say the surviving pilot is 54-year-old John Furnia of Covington, New York.

The surviving passengers are 65-year-old Rodger C. Glaspey of Fresno, California; 62-year-old Robert J. Dingler of Fresno, California; 67-year-old David W. Wood of Westchester, Pennsylvania, 25-year-old Seth J. Hofland of Bountiful, Utah; 23-year-old Robert R. Westbrook of Cottage Grove, Oregon; and 27-year-old Justin L. Schillaci of Greenville, Pennsylvania

Furnia, Glaspey, Wood and Dingler were listed in good condition at Anchorage hospitals. Westbrook was listed in fair condition.

The plane crashed near the tiny town of Iliamna as it was taking off for a fishing trip.

The other three men on board died. They were 80-year-old Tony W. Degroot of Hanford, California; 70-year-old James P. Fletcher of Clovis, California; and 69-year-old James Specter of Shavertown, Pennsylvania.

 

The crash happened just north of the Iliamna Airport, near Eastwind Lake.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the circumstances and cause of the crash, which were not immediately clear.