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Preliminary Report Reveals Few Details In St. Mary’s Crash

By | December 10, 2013

An Alaska commuter plane in which four people died last month had changed course from one small Alaska village to another because of deteriorating weather.

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A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board says pilot Terry Hansen diverted from a scheduled landing in Mountain Village to Saint Marys and flew over the latter community’s airport before the plane crashed on Nov. 29, a mile away.

The preliminary findings gives few details as to the possible cause of the crash of the Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 turboprop.

The airplane was not required to carry a cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder.

Hansen and three passengers, 57-year-old Rose Polty, 65-year-old Richard Polty and 5-month-old baby Wyatt Coffee, died in the crash.

Six other passengers sustained serious injuries.

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