Investigators Able to Move Most Wreckage from Meklung Hills

Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham

The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing its investigation into the crash that killed Senator Stevens and four others last week.  Investigators were able to remove most of the airplane from the Meklung Hills, near Dillingham. NTSB spokesperson Peter Knudsen:

Knudsen confirmed that the preliminary report will be released by next week. He says the full investigation and final report could take up to 12 months to complete. The probable cause is expected to be included in that report.

Knudsen says with the investigation winding down, most of the investigators will soon be leaving Bristol Bay.

Senator Stevens will lie in repose from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Anchorage. A memorial for Stevens will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Baptist Temple. But the Stevens family is recommending Alaskans who want to pay their respects to the late Senator attend the visitation Tuesday, since space will be limited on Wednesday. The Anchorage Baptist Temple says Vice President Joe Biden is planning to speak at the memorial service.

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