Update on Soldotna plane crash

UPDATE: The victims of the July 7 fatal plane crash at the Soldotna airport have been positively identified by the Alaska State Medical Examiner’s Office. Ten people perished in the crash. The pilot was confirmed to be Walter Rediske, age 42, of Nikiski. The passengers were identified as Christopher McManus, age 46; Stacey McManus, age 46; Meghan McManus, age 17; Connor McManus, age 14; Milton Antonakos, age 53; Kimberly Antonakos, age 43; Olivia Antonakos, age 16; Milton Antonakos III, age 11; and Anna Antonakos, age 10. Both the McManus and Antonakos families were from Greenville, South Carolina.

Photo by Lauren Holmes - The de Havilland DHC3 twin-propeller Otter flown by Walter “Willy” Rediske, of Nikiski-based Rediske Air charter operation, after it crashed Sunday at the Soldotna airport shortly after takeoff. Nine people were killed.

Photo by Lauren Holmes -
The de Havilland DHC3 twin-propeller Otter flown by Walter “Willy” Rediske, of Nikiski-based Rediske Air charter operation, after it crashed Sunday at the Soldotna airport shortly after takeoff. Nine people were killed.

UPDATE: At this time, Soldotna Police Department is focused on contacting the probable next of kin for the 10 victims that perished in Sunday’s plane crash at the Soldotna airport. The pilot is believed to be a local resident while all the passengers are believed to be from South Carolina. SPD is working diligently with South Carolina authorities to identify and locate the probable next of kin. The names of the victims, as well as other potential identifying information, will not be released until the remains of individuals have been positively identified by the State Medical Examiner.

UPDATE: There are 10 confirmed fatalities from the aircraft crash this morning. All the remains have been recovered and sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for autopsy and positive identification. Weather at the time of the crash was reported to be cloudy with a light wind. No further information is available at this time.

On July 7, 2013 at approximately 1120 hours, the Soldotna Police Department received a report of a plane crash at the Soldotna Airport located down Funny River road. Soldotna Police Department, Fire and Medic personnel with Central Emergency Services (CES) and the Alaska State Troopers responded. The fixed-wing aircraft was located fully engulfed at the airport and the flames were put out by CES. There were no survivors located. It is unknown how many individuals were onboard the aircraft at the time of the crash. First responders are attempting to remove the remains of the people that were on board as well as to identify the victims and notify family members. It is unknown if the plane was taking off or landing when it crashed. No further information is available at this time. The NTSB will investigate to determine the cause and circumstances of the crash.

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