Road closure in effect as crews remove disabled aircraft in Unalaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — The City of Unalaska says Ballyhoo Road will experience intermittent delays Saturday as crews work to remove a disabled PenAir aircraft from the road and surrounding tideland areas.

In an information release, the city says a team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived Saturday to continue the investigation into the cause of the crash of PenAir flight 3296.

NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson told KTUU Friday that an NTSB 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.

38-year-old David Allan Oltman of Wenatchee, Washington, died when the PenAir flight left the runway of the Unalaska Airport on Thursday evening. At least 10 others were injured.

The flight had 39 passengers and three crew members on board.

Alaska Airlines has suspended normal flight operations between Unalaska and Anchorage at least through Monday, according to the Saturday update, and that the airline is tentatively planning to resume normal flights as early as Tuesday.

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