Alaska News

Plane crashes during takeoff in Katmai National Park

Four people were aboard a plane that crashed in Katmai National Park and Preserve Saturday, park officials said in a release Monday.

The plane, a Cessna 206 on floats, crashed when it was taking off from an unnamed pond about a mile south of Kukaklek Lake, which is in the preserve area of the Katmai, according to the park.

The plane struck the bank of the body of water during takeoff, according to National Transportation Safety Board Alaska chief Clint Johnson.

One person sustained a minor injury, Johnson said, though he could not specify the nature of the injury.

“We’re really not sure exactly what the purpose of the flight was. Those details will be coming out after we have a chance to talk to the operator at length,” Johnson said.

According to a release from the Alaska Air National Guard Monday night, good samaritans transported those who were injured to King Salmon before two of the four were taken by guardsmen to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and released to the Anchorage Fire Department.

The plane was operated by Branch River Air, park officials wrote.

A representative from Branch River Air reached by phone said that the investigation was ongoing and declined to comment further.

Branch River Air’s website says it is a float plane landing service and offers access to various remote parts of Bristol Bay and the Alaska Peninsula.