With Plane Moved From Crash Site, Roads Reopen; Flights Tentatively Scheduled To Resume Tuesday

Oct 19, 2019

A barge moves PenAir's Saab 2000 airplane that crashed in Unalaska on Thursday. The damaged plane was hoisted from the crash site by cranes on Saturday afternoon.
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The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) says mental health and counseling services are available to anyone affected by Thursday's plane crash in Unalaska. Call APIA at 581-2751 or 907-359-2743 to connect with providers and access those services.

Updated 10/19/19 at 6:00 p.m. 

The airplane that ran off Unalaska's runway on Thursday — killing one passenger and injuring at least 11 more — has been moved from the crash site, allowing nearby roads to reopen to regular traffic. 

The PenAir Saab 2000 was hoisted up from a rocky bank by cranes on Saturday afternoon and moved away by a barge. The operation was organized by local and state officials, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators, and salvage company Resolve Magone Marine.

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City officials announced the reopening of Airport Beach, Ballyhoo, and East Point Roads just before 6 p.m.: "All lanes of traffic have opened at the three-way intersection near the airport."

Regular operations at the Port of Dutch Harbor are expected to resume as well, as closures had hampered vessel offloads and other shipping operations.

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"Local shippers have a plan to receive inbound freight, including groceries and supplies, for delivery within the community over the weekend," said city officials in a statement. 

While regular air travel is still suspended, city officials said it's tentatively scheduled to resume next week. The state Department of Transportation has determined the runway was not damaged in the crash.

"Alaska Airlines personnel have confirmed that their standard operations between Unalaska and Anchorage are suspended at least through Monday, Oct. 21, 2019," said officials. "The airline tentatively plans to resume normal operations as early as Tuesday, Oct. 22."

Alaska Airlines markets Unalaska's PenAir route. PenAir is also owned by Ravn Air Group. Officials said passengers should contact Alaska Airlines at 1-800-252-7522 regarding travel arrangements or visit the airport to speak with someone at the desk.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

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Several National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators have gathered at the site of Thursday night's PenAir plane crash in Unalaska.

NTSB is investigating the accident, which killed David Oltman, 38. Another passenger was medevaced to Anchorage with critical injuries, while at least 10 others required some level of medical attention.  

City officials said efforts are underway to move the damaged Saab 2000 on Saturday using a crane. 

"There will be intermittent closures and delays on Ballyhoo Road as the disabled aircraft as removed from the road and tideland area," said a city statement released Saturday around 1:10 p.m. "Please expect delays, be alert, and use extreme caution."

City officials also said "Alaska Airlines personnel have confirmed that their standard operations between Unalaska and Anchorage are suspended at least through Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The airline tentatively plans to resume normal operations as early as Tuesday, Oct. 22."

Alaska Airlines markets Unalaska's PenAir route. PenAir is also owned by Ravn Air Group. City officials said passengers should contact Alaska Airlines at 1-800-252-7522 regarding travel arrangements or visit Unalaska's airport to speak with someone at the desk.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. 

Investigators gather Saturday afternoon at the end of Unalaska's runway, where a PenAir Saab 2000 crashed on Thursday with 42 people onboard.
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