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Through last week, U.S. commercial airlines — distinct from the smaller bush planes that carry Alaskans to rural villages — had gone a full decade with just one paying passenger dying in an accident.

That changed last Thursday when a PenAir flight with 42 people crashed off the end of the runway in Unalaska, killing David Oltman, 38, of Wenatchee, Washington.

Now, the family that founded PenAir is raising questions about the safety standards of the new owners that bought the company out of bankruptcy last year.

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Unalaska's regular flight service to and from Anchorage will resume during the week of Nov. 4 — with Ravn's Dash 8 aircraft, not the PenAir Saab 2000 that's been flying the route since 2016.

Ravn made that announcement in a statement Thursday morning, about a week after a Saab 2000 crashed in Unalaska, killing one passenger and injuring more than a dozen others.

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Unalaska's regular flight service has been stalled for about seven days.

The suspension was announced by Alaska Airlines, PenAir, and Ravn Air Group in the wake of last week's fatal plane crash. While some travelers are scoring seats on charter flights, the wider island community is growing anxious for regular service to resume.

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The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) says mental health and counseling services are available to anyone affected by last week's plane crash in Unalaska. Call APIA at 581-2751 or 907-359-2743 to connect with providers and access those services.

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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 10/21/19 at 4:50 p.m.

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