LISTEN: After plane goes off the Unalaska runway, passenger describes fatal crash, aftermath

A crane hoists a PenAir Saab 2000 airplane on Oct. 18, 2019. One person was killed and multiple people were injured when the plane went off the runway while attempting to land the evening before. (Photo by Laura Kraegel/KUCB)

Unalaska resident Patrick Lee was one of the 39 passengers on board the PenAir flight that went off the runway after landing in Unalaska Thursday.

Lee was traveling home from Idaho with his wife, daughter and granddaughter. He says the weather at the time was decent, and when the plane first hit the runway, the landing seemed okay — but that quickly changed.

Read more: Passenger on Unalaska flight recounts crash landing: ‘He’s not going to stop — we’re going into the water’

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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