ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A large cargo-type plane crashed in Alaska on Sunday and burst into a deadly fireball that sparked a forest fire at Denali National Park, officials said in Anchorage.
Park spokeswoman Kris Fister said there are fatalities, but it is unclear how many because “the plane pretty much disintegrated.”
The fire was challenging responders, who did not immediately know who owns the multiengine aircraft. The plane went down near the park’s eastern edge at 3:15 p.m., about 100 yards of the only major road in the park.
No missing planes were immediately reported and military officials have said none of their planes were involved.
Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board said there are a number of large transport planes operating in Alaska. The NTSB was expected to arrive on scene this morning.