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Infant Boy Among 4 People Killed In Alaska Plane Crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Authorities say a plane crash near the remote western Alaska village of Saint Marys killed four of the 10 people aboard.
    
Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman said Saturday that the pilot and three passengers died in the Friday night crash.  An airline spokeswoman says she understood that the six survivors were injured.  Kathy Roser, a spokeswoman for Era Alaska airline, says the turboprop Cessna 208 was a Hageland Aviation flight from Bethel to Mountain Village and Saint Marys. Hageland is part of Era Alaska.  Jim Hickerson, president of Hageland Aviation, also told the Anchorage Daily News the six survivors were injured.

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska says searchers from a village reached the site of a fatal commuter airplane crash two hours after the plane went down Friday night.

NTSB investigator Clint Johnson says the Hageland Aviation plane crashed at about 6:30 p.m. 4 miles outside of Saint Marys. The crash killed pilot Terry Hansen and three passengers, Rose Polty, Richard Polty and infant Wyatt Coffee.

Responders from Saint Marys transported six passengers out for medical attention. Saint Marys is about 470 miles west of Anchorage and off the state's road system.

Two NTSB investigators are flying to Bethel and will meet Alaska State Troopers for transportation to the crash site. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says getting there will depend on weather.

There was no immediate word on what might have cause the crash. The NTSB says it will investigate.  Saint Marys is roughly 470 miles from Anchorage.

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