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Unalaska Dept. of Public Safety
Friday October 18th, 2019 :: 08:26 a.m. AKDT


Press Release: PenAir Crash at Unalaska Airport

Erin Reinders, City Manager City of Unalaska
(907) 581-1251 – telephone [email protected]


Unalaska,  Alaska,  October  18,  2019  –  On  Thursday,  October  17,  2019  at  5:41  p.m.  Unalaska  Public  Safety  officers  and  Fire/EMS  personnel  responded  to  a  report  of  a Saab 2000  aircraft  going  off  the  end  of  the  runway  while  landing  at  the  airport  in 

Unalaska  Police,  Fire  and  EMS  personnel  and  other  emergency  responders  arrived within five  minutes  of  the  event.  Unalaska  units  set  up  incident  command  with  state assets  to manage  the  incident  and  assess  life  and  safety  issues.  Once  all  safety concerns were identified and mitigated, EMS personnel extracted one patient from the aircraft and completed the evacuation of the remaining passengers. All 39 passengers and crew were accounted for.

The Unalaska Fire Department transported seven patients to the Iliuliuk Clinic and four other patients  were  brought  to  the  clinic  by  personal  vehicle.  Patient  injuries  ranged from minor to critical. Of the patients transported to the clinic, one was medevaced to Anchorage,  and one  died  of  traumatic  injuries  suffered  in  the  crash.  Next  of  kin  has been notified.

Law enforcement has secured the scene pending arrival of NTSB investigators, which may arrive as early as today. The runway and vehicle traffic through the area is shut down until further notice. 
Access to Ballyhoo Road is closed and transportation is being coordinated through Unalaska Public Safety. The aircraft may still pose safety risks so the public is asked to stay away from the area.

Updated  information  will  be  provided  as  it  becomes  available.  Thank  you  for  your continued support and patience.

Unalaska Dept. of Public Safety
29 Safety Way
Unalaska, AK 99685

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-581-1233

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