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NTSB investigates fatal St. Mary’s plane crash

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:04 PM December 2, 2013

Investigators attempting to reach the crash site Saturday were turned back by poor weather conditions

ANCHORAGE – Investigators are at the scene of a crash that killed four people in Western Alaska Friday evening.

The Cessna 208, flown by Hageland Aviation, carried 10 when it departed Bethel for Mountain Village. After ice and fog reportedly prevented the plane from landing in Mountain Village, it flew for St. Mary’s, but crashed near a dump several miles outside the town around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Richard Polty, 65; Rose Polty, 57; 5-month-old Wyatt Coffee and 68-year-old pilot Terry Hanson were killed in the crash. Melanie Coffee, 25; Pauline Johnson, 37; Kylan Johnson, 14; Tanya Lawrence, 35; Shannon Lawrence and 30-year-old Garrett Moses survived the crash and are all in fair to good condition at Anchorage hospitals.

Chris Shaver, a representative for the National Transportation Safety Board, said a team of investigators arrived at the scene of the crash Sunday, documenting the plane’s location and searching for the cause of the fatal crash. While investigators attempted to travel to the crash site Saturday, they were turned back by poor weather conditions. Shaver said they expect to remain at the site for two days.

According to NTSB records, over the last 16 years there have been three fatal crashes involving a Cessna 208 flown by Hageland Aviation.

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