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10 killed in Alaska plane crash

Published: 08th July 2013 10:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th July 2013 10:35 AM   |  A+A-

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U.S. authorities say an air taxi has crashed at an airport in , killing all 10 people on board.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the pilot and nine passengers were killed at Soldotna Airport on Sunday morning.

Meagan Peters of State Troopers says the fixed-wing aircraft was engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to the plane. The victims have not yet been identified.

Johnson says initial reports had the accident happening as the plane took off.

Flying across the vast northern state is common for residents, despite hazards including treacherous mountain passes and volatile weather.

The Soldotna crash comes a day after a far larger Asiana flight crashed at San Francisco's airport.

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