|This Rediske Air DeHavilland Otter crashed on takeoff at the Soldotna Airport, killing all 9 passengers and the pilot, Walter Rediske. Keith Burton / AirlinersGallery.com|
A plane that crashed in July 2013 and killed the pilot and two families heading from the Kenai Peninsula community of Soldotna to a remote Alaska lodge for bear viewing may have been overloaded and unbalanced, according to investigative documents released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The NTSB hasn’t issued an official finding on what may have caused the crash, but as part of its investigation posted about 400 pages of key documents early Wednesday on its website. The records include descriptions of photos and an iPhone video shot by the passengers and used by the NTSB to recreate the failed takeoff.
This is a story that's become all too common, in the last few years. Or maybe they're just getting more publicity than before; air travel in Alaska has always been hazardous.
But it sounds like this was another tragic and completely-avoidable case of human error.