Plane crashes in Alaska, 8 believed aboard

A plane believed to be carrying eight passengers has crashed in Alaska, the US state’s National Guard said early Tuesday.

Medical personnel had reached the scene of the crash, which occurred on Monday night in apparently poor weather near the town of Dillingham, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage.

“The plane was reportedly carrying 8 passengers and there are potential fatalities,” the Alaska National Guard said in a statement.

A passing aircraft spotted the wreckage, and the National Guard said its squadrons were “battling inclement weather en-route to the scene” late Monday.

The crash of the aircraft, which the Anchorage Daily News identified as a single engine de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter propeller plane, is the third in less than two weeks in the remote, sparsely populated state.

3 people died earlier this month when a twin-engine cargo plane crashed in Denali National Park, and a US military C-17 Globemaster cargo plane crashed on a training mission late last month at the Elmendorf base near Alaska’s biggest city Anchorage, killing all 4 crew members aboard.