One person is confirmed dead after a small plane crashed during take-off at the Fairbanks International Airport about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Angie Spear, division operations manager for the airport.
The three people on board the Cessna 172 were all transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, Spear said. According to Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board, one victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Cessna 172 (stock photo)
A flight controller observed the plane take off and make a slight left turn, Johnson said. Then the plane went down, he said. He described the crash investigation as preliminary. The plane crashed at the south end of taxiway C.
I hope someone figures out why we've had so many crashes & fatalities up here. We've had an unusually high number this year.