The passenger killed in the state’s latest floatplane crash has been identified as 32-year-old Sarah Luna, an epidemiologist at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
Consortium spokeswoman Shirley Young says Luna joined the group nearly a year ago and was flying to the community of Metlatkatla to provide health services when the plane crashed.
Luna was originally from Camarillo, California, and just recently moved to Alaska.
The pilot’s name has not yet been made public.
A pilot and a single passenger were killed when a Taquan Air Beaver Floatplane crashed in Metlatkatla Harbor Monday afternoon.
According to The Ketchikan Gateway Borough, there were no other individuals on board the aircraft. Neither the Coast Guard nor the NTSB have released information surrounding the circumstances of the crash. However, the NTSB is did say they were sending an investigator to the scene.
The names of the deceased will not be released until next of kin have been notified. Over a dozen members of the Metlakatla Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash. A seine boat was first on scene.
Two medics were dispatched on board two Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boats. Air Station Sitka dispatched one Jayhawk Helicopter, which has since returned to Sitka.
Both individuals on board the plane were brought to the Annette Island Service Unit. Good Samaritans have the aircraft in tow and are bringing the Beaver to the beach until it can be secured.
This crash comes one week to the day after another deadly crash involving Taquan Air, killing six and injuring ten others.
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