RUSSIAN MISSION, Alaska (AP) _ A cargo plane with an engine ablaze crashed Saturday while trying to make an emergency landing near this Yukon River village, killing at least one of the four people aboard.

``The aircraft has been lost and there has been a loss of life,'' Northern Air Cargo company spokesman Gregory Galik said. The company could not say how many people died, although witnesses said at least two people were killed.

The Douglas DC-6 circled the village before crashing at about 3 p.m.

A pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and a crew member from another airline were aboard, Galik said. He did not have their names, nor did he know which airline the passenger worked for.

Esther George, a Russian Mission resident, said she could see one engine ablaze as the four-engine, propeller-driven plane circled the village.

Russian Mission is a village 378 miles west of Anchorage.