10 Killed in Alaska Plane Crash

Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday July 7, 2013 at the Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska.

Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday July 7, 2013 at the Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska July 8, 2013 (AP)

An air taxi crashed Sunday at a small Alaska airport, killing all 10 people on board and leaving the aircraft fully engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to it, authorities said.

The de Havilland DHC3 Otter air taxi crashed just after 11 a.m. at the airport in Soldotna, a community about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage and located on the Kenai Peninsula.

“We do have 10 fatalities, unfortunately, nine passengers, one pilot,” National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson told The Associated Press.

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Hero dad who stopped plane passenger opening door mid-flight

and restrained him with shoelaces said he just wanted to protect his son

The man who restrained a passenger trying to open an airplane door mid-flight has been hailed a hero for his quick actions, though he claims he was just trying to protect his son.

Henry Pignataro was on Alaska Airlines Flight 132 from Anchorage to Portland with his ten-year-old son Henry yesterday when Alexander Michael Herrera tried to open the emergency door.

Heroic: Henry Pignataro with his son, also called Henry describe the dramatic events that unfolded yesterday on Alaska Airlines Flight 132

Heroic: Henry Pignataro with his son, also called Henry describe the dramatic events that unfolded yesterday on Alaska Airlines Flight 132

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