Alaska Commuter Plane Crashes, Killing Nine

Associated Press

A commuter aircraft crashed into a thick grove of trees, burst into flames and disintegrated while making an instrument approach in bad weather, killing all nine persons aboard, authorities said Tuesday.

The twin-engine Beechcraft Queen Air, operated by North Pacific Airlines of Anchorage, went down Monday night about a mile east of Soldotna Airport on the Kenai Peninsula, an FAA spokesman said.

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