National Transportation Safety Board

Washington, DC 20594

August 10, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched

a Go Team to investigate last night’s airplane crash near

Dillingham, Alaska.

At about 8:00 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time, a DeHavilland

DHC-3T (N455A) crashed 10 miles northwest of Aleknagik,

Alaska.  Reports are that 5 of the 9 persons on board died

in the accident.

Senior air safety investigator Clint Johnson, from the

NTSB’s Anchorage regional office, will serve as

Investigator-in-Charge.  He will be assisted by

investigators from the Alaska office and from NTSB

headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman is accompanying the

team and will serve as spokesperson for the on-scene

investigation.  Terry Williams is the NTSB press officer

traveling with the team.  The full team is expected to

arrive in Dillingham around mid-day today.

Contact information for the team will be released when

it is available.

NTSB Press Contact:     (In Washington)

                        Keith Holloway