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.
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.