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Police Identify Man Killed in Fairbanks Plane Crash

Published On: Oct 18 2013 02:30:00 PM AKDT
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -

Authorities say a Fairbanks man died when a small plane crashed after taking off from the south end of the Fairbanks International Airport.

Airport police and fire officials on Friday identified the man killed as 51-year-old Jon Tanner. Deputy Chief Dan Grimes tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that two other people on board the plane, Bruce Nahorney and an unnamed juvenile, were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday after the plane took off from the airport.

The aircraft came to rest about 300 yards off the runway. It appeared to have crashed nose-first into a ditch separated from a frontage road by a fence.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

-- Updated at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18, The Associated Press

ORIGINAL STORY

A Fairbanks International Airport official says a small plane crashed Thursday evening, killing one of its three occupants.

Airport division operations manager Angie Spear says one person has died and the other two are injured. Spear says all three occupants were taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after the crash at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

No additional information about the victims was immediately available.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Clint Johnson says an investigator has responded to the crash of the Cessna 172.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Cessna crashed on take-off.

The aircraft came to rest about 300 yards off the runway at the airport's south end. It appeared to have crashed nose-first into a ditch separated from a frontage road by a fence.

Spear says the main runway was shut down for about 20 minutes after the crash.

Channel 2's Mike Ross contributed information to this story.