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UPDATE: The decedents have been positively by the state medical examiner's office as Charlie Carl, 66 of Kipnuk, Donna Mesak, 42 of Anchorage, Carrie Peter, 45 of Kipnuk, Quintin Peter, 18 of Kipnuk and pilot Tony Mathews, 34.
UPDATE: On 2/6/2020, one decedent was able to be recovered from the scene. On 2/7/2020, four Troopers, volunteers with Tuntutuliak, personnel and extraction gear from the Bethel Fire Department and personnel from the NTSB responded to the crash site to recover the remaining decedents. Temperatures were approximately -40 degrees during the recovery effort. The decedents will be sent to the SME's office in Anchorage for positive identification and next of kin will be appraised prior to AST releasing the names of those involved. In addition to the decedents, at the request of the United States Postal Service, Troopers recovered multiple bags of mail that the plane was transporting. The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank all the volunteer searchers that participated in the search and recovery effort and to our partner agencies, including the Federal Department of Fish and Wildlife which provided an aircraft to help transport personnel and gear. The two troopers that responded to the scene are en route via snowmachine back to Bethel Post.
Original Text: On 2-6-20 at about 1342 hours, Bethel AST was notified of an overdue Yute Air commuter aircraft that was traveling from Bethel to Kipnuk with one pilot and four passengers onboard. At 1350 hours, the plane was located crashed approximately 12 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak. RCC launched a Blackhawk from bethel to the scene and confirmed that all five aboard are deceased. AST is currently attempting to notify next of kin. NTSB has been notified.
Posted on 2/6/2020 6:06:42 PM by DPS\tjdespain