- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A floatplane crash 35 miles south of Iliamna (ill-ee-AHM-nah) left four people seriously injured.

Staff Sgt. Ed Eagerton of the Alaska Air National Guard says the airplane with seven on board crashed as it attempted to take off from a body of water near Mirror Lake.

The airplane was a de Havilland Beaver owned by Rapids Camp Lodge Inc. of King Salmon.

The Air Guard sent a helicopter and airplane to assist the injured. The airplane refueled the helicopter in the air and the aircraft reached Iliamna at 8:20 p.m.

The helicopter transported the injured people to Iliamna. Three were transferred to the Air Guard’s HC130 King airplane and flown to Anchorage. The helicopter flew the fourth directly to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Iliamna is 225 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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