Five people were killed in a small commuter plane crash in southwest Alaska on Thursday.
It was a Yute Air flight which was traveling from the southwest Alaska hub community of Bethel to the village of Kipnuk, located about 435 miles west of Anchorage. The plane was found crashed about 12 miles southwest of the community of Tuntutuliak. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Piper PA32 crashed under unknown circumstances. Names of the victims were not released. The Alaska Army National Guard launched a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Bethel to the crash scene.
Yute had posted to its Facebook page that all flights on Feb. 7, 2020 are cancelled. The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. Yute Commuter Service had two planes crash in 2019. One plane crashed in April near Bethel; the four people on board, including the pilot, walked away with no injuries. In November, a Yute pilot crashed in Goodnews Bay and escaped with no injuries; he was the only person on board. „We are committed to providing safe and timely passenger and cargo service to the people of the YK Delta. We understand the challenges of operating in this unique place we call home and will work tirelessly to provide the best possible experience for you, your family and/or your business,” the company says on its website.