National Guard statement on crash near Dillingham

Date: August 9, 2010 11:54:47 PM AKDT

Alaska National Guardsmen Responding to Plane Crash near Dillingham

CAMP DENALI, Alaska -- The Alaska Air National Guard is responding to a plane crash 17-miles north of Dillingham that occurred Monday night.

The Air Force 11th Rescue Coordination Center, manned by Alaska National Guardsmen, was contacted by Dillingham Flight Service after a Good Samaritan spotted a downed aircraft around 7 p.m.

The Alaska Air National Guard's 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were alerted and are currently battling inclement weather en-route to the scene. They are expected to arrive at the plane crash site sometime after midnight.

The plane was reportedly carrying eight passengers and there are potential fatalities.

According to the RCC, there are five Good Samaritan medical personnel on scene assisting the plane crash victims.