Officials release names of victims in Alaska plane crash; 3 Canadians among injured


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three passengers seriously injured on a flight-seeing tour that crashed on Alaska's North Slope have been identified as tourists from New Brunswick, Canada.

KTUU-TV ( reports the Kirst Aviation flight crashed Sunday near the peak of Atigun (AT-i-gun) Pass carrying 66-year-old Darrell Spencer, 65-year-old Daphne McCann and 65-year-old Marcene Nason.

They were visiting Alaska on a Princes Cruises tour.

Piloting the Navion L-17-A was 57-year-old Forest Kirst of Fairbanks. He was reported in fair condition Monday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Responders from Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. reached the crash first and helped evacuate the injured.

The Canadian visitors were flown to Vancouver, British Columbia.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the plane left Fairbanks with stops planned at Bettles, Deadhorse and Barter Island.

Information from: KTUU-TV,

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