A 38-year-old man from Wenatchee has been identified as the passenger who died when PenAir Flight 3296 from Anchorage ran off the end of the runway in Unalaska on Thursday at about 5:41 pm, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.
The plane was on its second approach as it attempted to land, coming to rest on some jetty rocks at the edge of Captain’s Bay. Although the aircraft didn’t catch fire, either a propeller or debris came through the port side and killed passenger David Allan Oltman. He is the husband of a teacher in Wenatchee and he is a father.
The Unalaska airport runway is not damaged, and will be reopened as soon as the PenAir plane is pulled off the rocks at the end of the runway.
The State of Alaska owns the Unalaska Airport, along with about 240 other airports in Alaska.
The FAA cameras at the airport that point toward the runway have not been operational for at least 24 hours. That will be one of the many data points that investigators look at when they begin to survey the accident. The National Transportation and Safety Board is sending nine people to the scene.
The runway was not damaged and will be open as soon as the plane is removed, the City of Unalaska reports, and the road at the end of the runway will also open soon.
PenAir provided a statement (video link to entire statement here):
It is with deep sorrow that we have confirmed that one of our critically injured passengers from PenAir Flight 3296 passed away last night.
“On behalf of PenAir, Ravn Air Group and all our employees throughout the company, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and loved ones of our passenger who passed away,” said Dave Pflieger, President RavnAir Group.
Our entire team is devastated by this tragic incident. The thoughts of all 1,300 of our employees are with those who were hurt or affected.
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