4 dead, 6 survivors in plane crash

by Angela Denning-Barnes on November 30, 2013

Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers have named those who died and were injured in the Friday night crash near Saint Mary’s. Four of the 10 people aboard were killed. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman, Megan Peters, said Saturday that the pilot and three passengers died in the Friday night crash.

Kathy Roser, a spokeswoman for Era Alaska airline, says the turboprop Cessna 208 was a Hageland Aviation flight from Bethel to Mountain Village and Saint Marys. Hageland is part of Era Alaska.

Troopers are reporting that the pilot, 68-year-old Terry Hanson, died in the crash along with three passengers: Rose Polty, 57, Richard Polty, 65, and Wyatt Coffee, five months old. The six surviving passengers include Melanie Coffee, 25, as well as Kylan Johnson, 14, Pauline Johnson, 37, Garrett Moses, 30, Tanya Lawrence, 35, and Shannon Lawrence, whose age was not released by troopers.

An airline spokeswoman says she understood that the six survivors were injured. Jim Hickerson, president of Hageland Aviation, also told the Anchorage Daily News the six survivors were injured.

All passengers were from Mountain Village. Troopers did not name the pilot’s place of residence.

It is still unknown what might have cause the crash. The NTSB is investigating.

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