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Small plane crashes into trees off Kodiak runway

March 15, 2010
  • Servant Air's Britten-Norman Islander, before Monday's crash (Courtesy servantair.com)
Servant Air's Britten-Norman Islander, before Monday's crash (Courtesy servantair.com)

by Channel 2 News staff and The Associated Press
Monday, March 15, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A small commercial aircraft crashed into trees near a runway at Kodiak Airport just after 12:30 p.m., state officials said.

There were no fatalities, and all three of the plane's occupants were conscious, according to the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The extent of their injuries was unknown, and two of the people onboard were taken to a hospital.

The plane clipped the tops of trees off to the side of Runway 25 while trying to take off, officials said.

The plane, operated by Servant Air, was on its way from Kodiak to Old Harbor.

Troopers identified the plane's occupants Monday evening as pilot Jason Lobo, 37, of Kodiak and passengers Zora Inga, 33 and Martin Inga, 38, both of Old Harbor.

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Lobo made it out of the plane, but because the plane was stuck vertical in the trees, rescuers had to stabilize it to get Zora and Martin Inga out, DOT officials said.

Because the crash occurred about 50 feet from a nearby road, the road has been closed during the rescue operation, Peters said.

The plane is a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander, Alaska State Troopers said. A tail number provided by troopers indicates the plane is owned by Paklook Air and operated by Servant Air, which moves passengers and freight between Anchorage and Kodiak.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it will investigate what caused the plane to crash.

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