MEDIA ADVISORY: Fatal Airline Runway Overrun Accident Subject of Board Meeting


This photo taken on Oct. 17, 2019, shows the airplane in its final resting position on the shoreline of Dutch Harbor.

​This photo taken on Oct. 17, 2019, shows the airplane in its final resting position on the shoreline of Dutch Harbor. Photo courtesy of Unalaska Department of Public Safety​​.

​​​WASHINGTON (Oct. 7, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a virtual public board meeting Nov. 2 to consider the draft final report on a fatal airline runway overrun accident in Alaska.

On Oct. 17, 2019, PenAir flight 3296, a Saab SA-2000, overran the runway during a landing attempt in Unalaska, Alaska. The airplane crashed through the perimeter fence, crossed a road, and came to rest on shoreline rocks on the edge of a harbor. One passenger was killed, another was seriously injured, and eight more sustained minor injuries. The flight crew and the other 29 passengers were uninjured. 

​During the meeting, the NTSB members will vote on investigators' findings and recommendations as well as any changes to the draft report.

In keeping with established federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for this event will be webcast to the public, with the board members and investigative staff meeting virtually. There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

WHAT: A virtual NTSB meeting on the PenAir flight 3296 accident investigation.

WHO: NTSB investigative staff and board members.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.

HOW: A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at

NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will take questions from reporters during a media availability scheduled to start 30 minutes after the board meeting ends. Journalists wishing to participate must send an email to A link with instructions will be emailed.

A recording of the availability will be made available on the NTSB YouTube channel,, shortly after the session.

To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).