• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 4s

NTSB investigations on hold

By Heather Hintze 5:59 PM October 16, 2013

It was one of the deadliest summers in the skies in Alaska, but the cause of many crashes may go unanswered for a while

ANCHORAGE – This was one of the deadliest summers in the skies in Alaska, with nearly 30 people dying in plane crashes.

But the investigations into the cause of some those crashes are on hold during the government shutdown.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) furloughed nearly 400 employees.

Any open investigations are tabled until the NTSB can get people back to work.

Alaska saw dozens of plane crashes this year; one in Soldotna killed 10 people this summer.

Adam White with the Alaska Airmen’s Association said it’s important to figure out why those aircraft crashed so pilots can make changes if necessary.

“If it’s a mechanical issue that could be a problem with other aircraft in the fleet; we need to know that and be able to fix that,” said White. “If it’s weather related issues or pilot error, those types of things are important to us as an industry so we can go about changing the maintenance or part that may have been a problem.”

Across the country there have been more than a dozen serious crashes, like fatal car wrecks, but the NTSB can’t send out investigators to the scenes.

It also had to postpone a hearing on the Asiana Airline crash in San Fransisco that killed three people in July.

Latest Stories

  • Halfway house walkaways decrease significantly but remain a problem

    by Daniella Rivera on May 25, 21:56

    Before Howard Watson, 32, got into a confrontation with Anchorage Police that sent him to the hospital with critical injuries Thursday, he was was already a wanted man. In a Nixle alert sent out Monday, APD said he left the Glenwood Center halfway house with permission to go to work. He showed up at his […]

  • News

    Memorial Day weekend events in Southcentral Alaska

    by KTVA Web Staff on May 25, 20:18

    Memorial Day Weekend – May 26, 2017 – May 29, 2017 4th Avenue Theatre’s 70th Anniversary Saturday, May 27 Street Fair on 4th Avenue between F and G Streets 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Entertainers on the 4th Avenue stage Anchorage Jazz Ensemble, The Blue Notes, Reading of 4th Avenue Theatre memories 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. […]

  • News

    Mothers of four young men killed by gun violence make plea in viral video

    by Shannon Ballard on May 25, 19:50

    The faces of four Alaska mothers are spreading rapidly across social media The women all have different stories to share, but they’ve come together because of what they have in common: each has recently lost a son to gun violence. Aleaka Tate’s says a video posted to her Facebook page was created to encourage a […]

  • News

    RVs a growing business for Alaska, big bucks for Anchorage

    by Dave Leval on May 25, 19:37

    The Norbert Family of Eagle River will get out of town for the Memorial Day, and for the first time, they will do so in style. “We have always wanted to rent an RV, and my son’s birthday is this weekend, so, we were excited to go out and explore Alaska,” said Lisa Norbert. The […]

  • News

    Delta offers seasonal flights to Capitol city; Juneauites hope to keep competition

    by Liz Raines on May 25, 19:29

    It’s been one week since Delta Airlines started offering daily flights between Juneau and Seattle– breaking the Alaska Airlines monopoly– at least for the summer. Over the years, the capital city’s small population and harsh weather conditions have made it hard for companies to compete in Juneau’s skies. For year-round service between big cities and […]

  • Shots fired, suspect dead in Fairbanks pursuit

    by KTVA Web Staff on May 25, 17:15

    A man died Thursday afternoon after leading law enforcement on a pursuit that ended in shots fired in Fairbanks. Around 3:15, Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks saw a known individual who has warrants and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Old Richardson Highway but the suspect did not pull over, according to troopers. Fairbanks Police […]

  • Oregon, California governors seek salmon disaster aid

    by Associated Press on May 25, 15:37

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Jerry Brown are seeking a federal disaster declaration to help salmon fishermen enduring a second bad year in a row. A record-low number of fall-run Chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River has led to fisheries restrictions, including the cancellation of the season along […]

  • News

    NTSB investigating helicopter accident on Herbert Glacier

    by Associated Press on May 25, 15:32

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a helicopter crash on a southeast Alaska glacier that resulted in minor injuries. Clint Johnson, NTSB’s regional aviation chief in Anchorage, says investigators are working with Coastal Helicopters to determine what happened. Coastal Helicopters, which offers a Juneau Icefield excursion, has said its helicopter […]