Plane lifted from crash site in Unalaska

photo courtesy Randy Batten
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska The plane that ran off the end of the runway at the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Airport was hoisted from the crash site by a large crane Saturday afternoon.

KUCB, the public radio and TV station for the community, reported the PenAir Saab 2000 was lifted from the rocky bank and placed onto a barge.

The plane ran off the runway during landing Thursday evening. 38-year-old David Allan Oltman from Wenatchee, Washington died from injuries suffered during the crash and several other passengers were injured.

An investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Dutch Harbor around 10 a.m. Friday. NTSB Alaska Chief 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.

KUCB reported that roads near the airport were re-opened after the aircraft was removed. Flight service to the community is expected to resume early next week, the station reported.

In a social media post, the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) wrote that counseling services are being offered to anyone affected by the PenAir crash. People needing assistance can call (907) 581-2751 or (907) 359-2743.