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Plane crashes in southwest Alaska; fatalities possible

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an investigative team to Alaska, where a plane believed to be carrying eight people has crashed.

An Alaska National Guard spokesman says there are possible fatalities. Rescue crews were trying to reach the crash site, about 20 miles north of Dillingham, but they've been hampered by severe weather.

A spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers couldn't confirm reports that several people were on the scene helping crash victims. She says all the agency knows for sure is that a plane went down and crews are "aggressively" trying to reach the crash site.

Dillingham is located in northern Bristol Bay, about 325 miles southwest of Anchorage.

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