A Fairchild C-123 cargo aircraft crashed in a national park in Alaska, killing three, according to reports on Monday.
The large multi-engine plane crashed near the Denali National Park headquarters on Sunday, killing all three people on board the craft, reported local TV station KTVA-CBS 11.
The aircraft smashed into the side of Mount Healy. Several hundred tourists reportedly saw the incident.
Authorities said that the plane erupted into a large fireball and sparked a wildfire, which was reported to still be burning as of Sunday evening.
It looked like he was flying kind of low, and he banked hard to the left and went straight down,” witness Brent Stache from Milwaukee, WI, told the TV station. “We saw the fireball come up from the back side of the mountains.”
First responders said that the airplane was completely destroyed and it was impossible to get into the wreckage as it was engulfed in flames. The wildfire has prevented authorities from conducting a more thorough investigation into the cause of the crash.
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to arrive on Monday and conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash.
The names of those on board have not been released yet but are all employees at All West Freight, Inc. of Delta Junction, reported KTVA.
As for the fire, several Alaska Fire smokejumpers were deployed to aid in containing the blaze.
Denali National Park is approximately 180 miles north of Anchorage.