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NTSB adds staff for investigating this year’s many Alaska plane crashes

By KTVA CBS 11 News 6:31 PM September 17, 2013

This year 28 people have died in aviation accidents

ANCHORAGE – This year 28 people died in plane crashes in Alaska, and the agency in charge of the investigations needs help.

The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is beefing up its staff to handle all of this year’s crash cases. The amount of record fatalities this year is too much for its current staff.

The office is also taking a closer look at the smaller accidents in an effort to make Alaska skies safer.

“It helps the public … maybe advise the public on what’s going on really our job,” said senior investigator Robert Gretz. “[It] is to prevent it from happening in the future and look for ways to keep it from happening in the future.”

The NTSB investigators aren’t saying anything about a trend surrounding the plane crashes. They say they’re happening for different reasons.

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