Alaska crash victims thought to be from S. Carolina

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Authorities say nine passengers who died when an air taxi crashed at a small Alaska airport are believed to have been South Carolina residents.

The pilot in Sunday's plane crash at the Soldotna airport also died.

Soldotna police say the names of the 10 people on board the de Havilland DHC3 Otter operated by Rediske (Ree-DIS'-kee) Air will not be released until their remains have been positively identified by the state medical examiner's office.

Soldotna Officer Mark Berestoff (BEHR'-stoff) says the hometowns of those on board are not being released at this time.

Rediske Air spokesman Andy Harcombe says the pilot was Walter Rediske of Nikiski.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. NTSB investigator Clint Johnson says weather does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

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