Alaska plane crash: Two feared dead after fiery crash near river

Two people are presumed dead after a Douglas C-54 plane crashed by a river in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash, adding that the National Transportation Safety Bureau would investigate.

A twin-engine plane crashed outside Fairbanks Tuesday. (AP Graphic)

“A Douglas C-54 crashed southwest of Fairbanks International Airport around 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, April 23. Two people were on board,” an FAA spokeswoman said in a statement. “The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be the lead agency and provide any updates.”

The Alaska Department of Public Safety gave further details on the crash, saying Alaska state troopers in Fairbanks received word of a plane crash around 7 miles south of the Fairbanks International Airport on the Tanana River.

“A preliminary investigation revealed that a Douglas DC-4
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