Bodies recovered from fatal Tuntutuliak plane crash

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The bodies of a pilot and four passengers killed in a small airplane crash have been recovered.

Alaska State Troopers say all five people died after a Yute Commuter Service plane leaving Bethel crashed 12 miles south of Tuntutuliak on Thursday.

Troopers, volunteers with Tuntutuliak, personnel and extraction gear from the Bethel Fire Department and personnel from the NTSB responded and helped with recovery efforts.

According to an online trooper dispatch, one body was recovered Thursday, and the remaining four bodies were recovered Friday.

At the request of the United States Postal Service, Troopers also recovered multiple bags of mail that the plane was transporting.

Troopers say the bodies will be sent to the Alaska State Medical Examiner in order to confirm their identities, and next of kin will be notified before the names are released.

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