Plane full of passengers crashes in Kwigilligok

by Shane Iverson on November 8, 2011

The flipped caravan rests near the Kwillingok air strip. Photo by Pat Andrew.

A flight full of passengers were fortunate to walk away after a commercial plane in Kwigillingok flipped over.

The Cessna 207 Skywagon operated by Hageland-Era Aviation had five passengers on board and one pilot when it crashed on takeoff Wednesday afternoon in the Kuskokwim coastal village.

According to KTUU, witnesses from the village say the plane banked left after take-off and then went down. They say it bounced on a frozen lake and then flipped onto it’s back.

The occupants walked away from the crash, but a health aide working at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation told KYUK that they were treated at the village clinic there in the village. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that all of them had minor injuries. They add that damage to the plane was substantial.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate the cause of the accident.

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