Three passengers died when their small plane crashed near Alaska’s Summit Airport on Friday, authorities said.
“A Division of Forestry employee discovered the downed plane while investigating a possible wildland fire that was ultimately caused by the crash,” according to a dispatch by the Alaska State Troopers.
The twin-engine Beechcraft Baron aircraft took off from Fairbank on Friday morning. The crash outside Cantwell, Alaska, is believed to have happened just before noon local time.
An official cause for the crash has not been determined, but state transportation officials observed smoke from the Tanana Valley wildfire near the flight route that may have aggravated already poor weather conditions.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have said they are looking into the cause of the crash.