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New details released about St. Mary’s plane crash

By Bonney Bowman 8:06 AM December 11, 2013

The report is a brief overview designed to give the public an idea of what may have led to the tragic crash.

ANCHORAGE – The National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday new details about the deadly plane crash in St. Mary’s that killed four people and injured six others.

The report is a brief overview designed to give the public an idea of what may have led to the tragic crash. It’s little more than a page long and details what happened right before Flight 1453 went down. It also gives an idea about the path of the investigation.

Witnesses at St. Mary’s Airport saw the plane fly over at a low altitude, raising concern of those on the ground according to the report. It goes on to state when the witnesses tried to contact the pilot, they received no response.

A short time later, the NTSB reports, another aircraft reported an emergency locator transmitter had been activated in the area. That’s when the search started.

One pilot, who wanted to remain anonymous, said it’s not unusual for pilots to fly over a rural airport once, checking out conditions and setting up a landing plan.

Investigators said Flight 1453 crashed about one mile from the St. Mary’s Airport.

The pilot said the crash site was within the distance he would have expected the pilot of Flight 1453 to turn back to land. He also said if ice had built up due to low altitude, the plane might not have been able to stay airborne.

NTSB investigators hope to establish more facts once the wreckage is brought to Wasilla.

Bad weather in Anchorage has delayed the team charged with moving the downed plane from St. Mary’s to Wasilla. They hope to have it moved by the end of the week.

The NTSB investigators said they probably won’t have any new information on the crash for six months.

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