2 dead near Haines as federal officials probe 2 Alaska plane crashes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal investigators say 2 planes crashed in Alaska at about the same time Saturday, killing two people.

KTUU-TV reports the National Transportation Safety Board said the two died and a third person was injured when their Piper PA-30 went down nine miles southwest of Haines at around 11 a.m.

The injured person was flown by helicopter to Juneau for medical treatment.

Authorities said witnesses reported seeing the twin-engine plane crash shortly after takeoff.

Meanwhile, another plane crashed around the same time while landing about 30 miles southeast of Fairbanks. The condition of the two people aboard the single-engine plane was undetermined.


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