NTSB: 10 killed in Alaska air taxi crash

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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. No survivors were located and it is unknown how many people were on board. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say an air taxi has crashed at the Soldotna Airport in Alaska, killing all 10 people on board.

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FILE — National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson appears at a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, in this Aug. 13, 2010, file image. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said the pilot and nine passengers were killed in the crash at the airport late Sunday morning.

Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers said the fixed-wing aircraft was fully engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to the plane. The victims have not yet been identified.

The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Johnson said initial reports had the accident happening as the plane took off.

The NTSB identified the aircraft in a release Sunday as a de Havilland Otter Air Taxi. The NTSB is sending a team to investigate the crash.

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Investigators look at the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday July 7, 2013 at the Soldotna Airport. (AP Photo/Peninsula Clarion, Rashah McChesney)
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