Kenai Peninsula -- Four people in a small plane that went down Thursday in water offshore from the village of Nanwalek survived after swimming or wading to reach land, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator said.
According to early reports, the Cessna 206 took off from the village, which sits at the tip of the Kenai Peninsula, and landed in English Bay sometime after 3 p.m., said NTSB investigator Chris Shaver. The plane was operated by Homer-based Smoky Bay Air, which reported the crash, Shaver said.
The plane's pilot and three passengers made it back to land from about 100 feet offshore, Shaver said. Medics later reported no injuries among the plane's occupants, the investigator said.
The cause of the crash is unknown and the NTSB will continue to investigate, Shaver said. Shaver said he was awaiting an interview with the pilot and more information from the company late Thursday.
Smokey Bay Air provides charter and flight-seeing flights, among other services, according to its website.
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