Three killed, seven injured in Alaska plane crash

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said a sea plane crashed in Alaska, killing three passengers and injuring seven (AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards)

Los Angeles (AFP) - A small plane transporting tourists on a fishing trip crashed in Alaska on Tuesday killing three passengers and injuring seven, authorities said.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the sea plane, a De Havilland Turbine Otter, crashed on takeoff at Eastwind Lake near Iliamna after hitting a patch of trees.

A spokesman with the National Transportation Safety Board said two of the injured were in critical condition.

The plane was owned by a company that caters to tourists that flock to the region every summer to go fishing.

A similar incident in June left nine people dead.