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Alaska State Troopers say no survivors have been found after a large cargo plane crashed near Fairbanks Tuesday with two people aboard.

The Douglas DC-4 plane crashed along the Tanana River, shortly after taking off from Fairbanks International Airport around 10 a.m., according to a report from troopers.

“The aircraft slid into a steep hill on the bank of the river where it caught fire,” the report said. “No survivors have been located.”

Numerous agencies responded to the scene including troopers, police and local fire departments.

Authorities have not yet named the two people aboard the plane.

Clint Johnson, with the National Transportation Safety Board, said the cause of the crash remains under investigation. Several details of the flight, including the plane’s operator, are also still being determined.

“At this point right now, we don’t know where the airplane was headed to,” Johnson said. “We’re assuming that there was a load of fuel onboard. We don’t know that for sure, but there was a significant post-crash fire.”  The Division of Forestry did not initially have an estimate on the size of the fire that was burning in a heavily forested area along the riverbank. But a Forestry spokesperson said it was reported under control by mid-afternoon.

Mike Emers, owner of the Rosie Creek Farm across the Tanana from Fairbanks, said he saw the plane go down Tuesday morning. He was at the farm when he heard an explosion and looked out of a window.

“And right over the farm field, there was a four-engine plane – one of the engines was on fire,” Emers said. “Probably 10 seconds later, there was a big explosion that rocked the ground. And then explosions happened after that.” 
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