The busiest traveling weekend of the year was marred by multiple general aviation accidents across the county. The worst of involved a Pilatus PC-12 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Chamberlain Municipal Airport (9V9) which 9 of the 12 people on board the aircraft.
The NTSB has begun an investigation into the cause of the accident. A preliminary report on the plane crash should be released in about a week.
At the time of the departure, the area was under a winter storm warning with visibility a half of a mile at the airport. While a PC-12 is equipped with de-icing boots, it has no ability to remove ice from the surface of the wings and 9V9 was not equipped with deicing equipment.
The victims of the accident were returning to their home in Idaho Falls, Idaho from an annual hunting trip. Our hearts go out to the who family is now preparing for the funerals of four generations of men who perished in the crash.
A PenAir codeshare flight for Alaska Airlines overran the runway at Unalaska, AK (USA) with 38 passengers and 3 crew. The aircraft came to a stop about 125 meters/400 feet past the end of the runway partially hanging down a slope into the sea, the left-hand propeller blades had contacted some obstacles, blades impacted and penetrated the fuselage.
One passenger died as a result of the accident, two passengers received serious injuries, five received minor injuries. One injured passenger was flown out to Anchorage. A total of eleven passengers were taken to a hospital. This tragedy ends a six-year period time without a fatality on US soil from an Airline accident.
Preliminary investigations show that the pilot landed with a gusting tailwind on a slippery runway. This was a recipe for disaster and one that should have been prevented.
Our sympathies go to the victim of accident many of whom were en route to start their fishing season in Alaska and now must deal with painful rehabilitation from this accident.
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