Small plane crashes near Anaktuvuk Pass

A Wright Air Service plane with eight people onboard crashed about 6 miles southwest of Anaktuvuk Pass early Saturday afternoon, with injuries reported, but no fatalities, authorities said.

Shaun Williams, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the NTSB was notified shortly after 1 p.m. that a Cessna 208 had crashed en route from Fairbanks to Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range.

Wright Air Service customer service manager Kathleen Fagre said seven passengers were onboard, in addition to the pilot.

"There are no fatalities ... there are some injuries, but of an unknown extent," Fagre said. She said it was one of the airline's scheduled flights. Wright Air Service is based in Fairbanks and serves Interior Alaska.

Emergency crews responded to the scene, and all of the passengers and pilot were out of the plane by late afternoon Saturday, Williams said.

A woman who answered the phone at Robert Ahgook Memorial Health Clinic in Anaktuvuk Pass said the passengers and pilot were at the clinic.

"They're all alive," said the woman, who declined to give her name. "There's some hurt ... but, no, they're alive."

It was not immediately clear Saturday what caused the crash. Williams said the weather conditions at the time of the crash were calm winds and about 6 miles of visibility.

Devin Kelly

Devin Kelly was an ADN staff reporter.