Federal investigators trying to determine what caused an air taxi to crash on takeoff at the Soldotna Municipal Airport on Sunday, killing all 10 people aboard, are studying maintenance records and interviewing friends and family of the pilot to reconstruct the 72 hours leading up to the accident.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are paying particular attention to the weight and balance of the plane, which was loaded with nine passengers, baggage and some supplies for the planned trip to a remote bear viewing lodge on the Alaska Peninsula ...
... Lacking eyewitnesses or video surveillance, the team is hoping the wreckage and records will offer clues as to what brought the plane down. No radio traffic of the moments leading up to the crash was recorded because the small Soldotna airport doesn't have a control tower, said NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson.
11 July 2013
Soldotna Crash Investigation
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