UPDATE: Authorities release name of second man killed in plane crash near Haines

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ANCHORAGE,Alaska (KTUU) UPDATE, 5/30/17:

The name of the remaining victim to be identified has been released by Alaska State Troopers after his next of kin were notified.

The second passenger was identified as Stanley Su Quoc Nguyen, 29, of Garden Grove, California. Nguyen was killed in the crash on Saturday that also killed Juneau resident, David Kunat, and injured Chan Valentine, also of Juneau.

The investigation into what exactly caused this crash is still ongoing.

UPDATE, 5/28/17:
Troopers have identified the victims in the plane crash near Fairbanks as 81 year old Sam Brice of Fairbanks and Howard "Buzz" Otis of North Pole.

In the plane crash near Haines, the deceased have been identified as the pilot, 29-year old David Kunat of Juneau and an unidentified man from California. Another passenger, 31-year old Chan Valentine of Juneau, survived the crash and was transported to Barlett Regional Hospital in Juneau for medical treatment. Kunat's next of kin have veen notified and efforts to locate next of kin on the passenger from California are continuing.

UPDATE
The National Transportation Safety Board says the two people on board the plane that crashed near Fairbanks Saturday morning died.

Clint Johnson, Alaska Region Chief for the NTSB said a preliminary investigation indicates there was no post-crash fire, but there are still several unknown details about the crash at this time.

"We don't know if we have ear witnesses or eyewitnesses at this point but they said they thought the airplane was landing at the sight and the next thing they knew they heard the accident," he said.

ORIGINAL STORY
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating two separate plane crashes Saturday.

According to Clint Johnson, Alaska Region Chief for the NTSB, a Piper PA-30 crashed about nine miles southwest of Haines around 11 a.m.

Johnson said two people died at the scene and another person was flown by helicopter to Juneau for medical treatment.

The condition of the third person is unknown at this time, Johnson said.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane crash shortly after takeoff.

At this point, the NTSB is still working to figure out who may have owned the plane.

Johnson said an investigator with the NTSB will arrive in Haines by Sunday to continue searching for clues in the crash.

Around the same time Saturday morning, another plane was reported to have crashed near Fairbanks.

Johnson said the single-engine airplane, with two people on board, apparently crashed while landing about 30 miles southeast of the city.

The condition of those on board is not being publicly released at this time.

Johnson said the NTSB is responding to Fairbanks along with Alaska State Troopers to investigate further.



 
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