On Monday, July 8, 2019 at approximately 3:20 p.m., the Bethel Fire Department responded with one ambulance, one fire engine, and one ladder truck to the report of an aircraft crash located at the Bethel Airport. Upon arrival, department personnel assumed Incident Command and observed one small plane crashed on its side and in flames at the end of the runway. State of Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) personnel reported that all five passengers were evacuated from the aircraft. Three passengers were transported to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital (YKDRH) via a fire department ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. Fire department personnel assisted DOT Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) with fire suppression activities. Once extinguished, Bethel Fire Department apparatus and personnel returned to the fire station.
Unofficial reports say that a Caravan Cessna 208 plane crash landed in Bethel on Monday, July 8th, 2019 at approximately 3:05pm. Eyewitnesses say that the plane was coming in fast. According to verbal reports, the pilot was able to get all passengers out of the plane, everyone survived and were taken to the hospital. Emergency responders rushed to the site with a fire truck and medics. The plane caught on fire, verbal accounts say that a fuel cell exploded. Responders let the fire burn. Black smoke could be seen billowing from the crash at the end of the runway. Bethel Fire Captain Daron Solesbee said that an official statement will be forthcoming.