Zoë Sobel, KUCB, and Agnel Philip, ProPublica
Our investigation revealed that Alaska has a growing share of the country’s deadly crashes from small commercial flights. Here’s what experts say could be done to improve aviation safety in the state.
A sightseeing flight near Ketchikan crashed last week, killing the pilot and five passengers. So far this year, 13 people have died in three crashes of small commercial planes.
Commercial aviation is essential to life in Alaska. It’s also home to a growing share of the country’s deadly crashes.
Alaska’s terrain and infrastructure pose unique challenges when flying. Some say the Federal Aviation Administration has been slow to account for these hazards, leaving pilots and customers to fend for themselves, sometimes at risk to their lives.