One dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said on Friday.

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

The plane, operated by Peninsula Airways, or PenAir, left Anchorage around 3.15pm on Thursday with 42 people on board, including 39 passengers and three crew members, a statement from the company said. One passenger was a child under age two, said Chief of the Alaska Region for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Clint Johnson.

The flight landed around 5.40pm and went off the end of the runway. PenAir is owned by Ravn Air Group and said it is cooperating with federal investigators.

“On behalf of PenAir, Ravn Air Group and all our employees throughout the company, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and loved ones of our passenger who passed away,” President of RavnAir Group Dave Pflieger said in a statement.

Johnson said a team of nine NTSB investigators arrived in Anchorage late Friday. Some members would remain in Anchorage while others were expected to travel to Unalaska, he said. An agency investigator from Alaska was expected to be on scene as the flight data and cockpit voice recorders were removed from the plane, he said.

The crashed commuter airplane near the airport in a small Alaska community on the Bering Sea in Unalaska. PHOTO: AP