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Barrow, AK Plane Crashes On Take Off, Nov 1997

SMALL PLANE CRASHES, NO SURVIVORS.

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) -- A single-engine plane carrying a family of seven bound for a funeral, crashed into the Arctic Ocean on Saturday off Alaska's North Slope.
The pilot and all seven family members were killed.
The plane crashed two minutes after takeoff from Barrow, the nation's most northern city.
The plane was taking the family to the tiny village of Wainwright, 90 miles southwest of Barrow. The casket was on board.
North Slope Borough officials said the nine-seater plane owned by Hageland Aviation depared at 8:04 a.m. and was located by search and rescue teams within 20 minutes.
Elise Patkotak, borough spokeswoman, said crews worked into the afternoon to try hoisting the plane to the beach without creating more fragments.
List of the Casualties:
Pilot TOM KNIGHT, of Barrow.
JAMES ITTA, SR., 49.
MARY ITTA, his wife, 38.
Their daughters;
LAURA ITTA.
ANDREA ITTA.
IRENE ITTA.
ESTHER ITTA.
ELIZABETH ITTA.

Frederick News Post Maryland 1997-11-10



article | by Dr. Radut