Published: May 27, 2011 8:19 PM EDT
Updated: May 27, 2011 8:19 PM EDT

CHUGIAK, Alaska (AP) - A small airplane has crashed near Anchorage.

Police tell the Anchorage Daily News that the plane was carrying at least four people.

Anchorage police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers says the plane was fully engulfed in flames after it hit the ground. She says the extent of injuries was not immediately known.

The crash happened about 10 a.m. Friday at the airport in Chugiak, about 20 miles north of Anchorage. It happened as the pilot was making an emergency landing, apparently to the east of the airport. It was not clear why the pilot was making an emergency landing.

Lammers says the plane came to rest near railroad tracks, and the Alaska Railroad was notified to shut down train traffic in the area.

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