NTSB recovers flight data, cockpit voice recorders from PenAir crash in Unalaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Dutch Harbor around 10 a.m. Friday following a plane overrunning the runway causing at least 10 injuries and one death.

NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson told KTUU that the investigator was able to recover both the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder. Johnson says both units will be hand delivered to Washington D.C. and will be reviewed as early as Sunday.

Friday morning Alaska State Troopers identified 38-year-old David Allan Oltman as the victim of the crash. Oltman was from Wenatchee, Washington.

As of Friday afternoon there have been no updates on the conditions of others injured in the crash.

The crashed caused both the runway and some roads to close. Friday afternoon a single lane of Ballyhoo Road opened for small passenger vehicles. No commercial traffic is being allowed at this time, according to a release from the Unalaska City Clerk.

A crane and a sling are being used to stabilize the aircraft and there are plans to remove it tomorrow, according to the release.

Although the runway at Unalaska is still closed, a Ravn Air flight was given permission to land to bring investigators and supervisors to the town for the investigation. Cordova swim team athletes and coaches departed on the plane for Anchorage, according to the city's release.

Officials have not yet released a cause of the crash. According to data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, winds were blowing from the northwest around 24 mph with gusts up to 31 mph at the time of the crash, having picked up significantly from the previous hour. Winds were blowing in the same direction the plane appeared to be traveling when it landed.

An image of the damaged fuselage (Photo courtesy of Andrew Ringhouse)

There is also no official cause of the death, but images show damage to the left side of the fuselage near the propeller.

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