SOLDOTNA — Two families from Greenville, S.C., on their way to a bear viewing lodge on the Alaska Peninsula, have been identified as nine of the 10 people killed in the fiery crash of an air taxi taking off from the Soldotna airport Sunday.
The victims were Milton and Kimberly Antonakos and their children, Olivia, 16, Mills, 14, and Anastacia, 11, and Dr. Chris McManus, his wife, Stacey, and their two children, Connor and Meghan.
Nikiski native Walter "Willie" Rediske, 42, was identified Sunday as the pilot. He also died.
Federal investigators say they are just beginning their investigation to determine what caused the de Havilland DHC3-T Otter to crash and burn feet from the lone runway at the Soldotna Municipal Airport just after 11:20 a.m. Sunday, killing all aboard in the worst aviation accident in Alaska in more than a decade.
A National Transportation Safety Board "Go-Team" was dispatched from Washington, D.C., and arrived in Alaska on Monday. Go-Teams are assigned to investigate major aviation crashes.