• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 17s

NTSB seeks airline safety audit

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:00 AM May 2, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for a safety audit of an Alaska commuter airline involved in multiple crashes over the past years.

The safety board requested the Federal Aviation Administration audit HoTH, Inc., as well as its own oversight of the company. HoTH, Inc. holds Hageland Aviation, Frontier Flying Service and Ravn Alaska, formerly known as Era Aviation. The NTSB said the audit request focuses on Hageland Aviation, the operator behind two fatal crashes within the last year.

Last month, two pilots were killed in a crash near Kwethluk, and four people died in November 2013 when a flight carrying nearly a dozen people crashed near Saint Mary’s.

“We want to be able to try and raise that bar of safety, not only for Hageland, that operator, but also for the Bethel-Kuskokwim carriers out there,” said Clint Johnson of the NTSB. “This air service, and all the other ones, are very important to the economy out there, to the livelihood, so we want to make sure the safety bar is raised and adhered to.”

In a statement, the FAA said it began increased surveillance of Hageland Aviation in 2011 and planned to send an out-of-state audit team to Alaska to take a closer look at the carrier. The administration said it would respond to the NTSB’s request within 90 days.

This is only the second time the safety board has made a request like this; the first was for a commuter train company in the Lower 48.

Hageland Aviation could not be reached for comment Thursday.

 

Latest Stories

  • Politics

    Deadline looms for decision on Alaska sex education bill

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jul 28, 12:48

    Thursday marked the deadline for Gov. Bill Walker to decide what to do with legislation containing provisions that critics say would make it more difficult for public school students to receive comprehensive sex education. Walker had three options: he could sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature. The bill, […]

  • News

    Flooding forces temporary closure of Anchorage public assistance office

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 11:40

    Flood damage has forced the temporary closure of a state public assistance office in Anchorage. The department of health says its public assistance office on Muldoon Road will be closed until Aug. 8. Department spokesman Clay Butcher said the closure could last longer if carpeting needs to be replaced or something else unforeseen happens. He […]

  • Politics

    Alaska Democratic chair: Higher standard for women leaders like Hillary Clinton

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on Jul 28, 11:08

    The chairwoman of the Alaska Democratic party says the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and all woman leaders are held to a higher standard than men. Casey Steinau says the perception is that Clinton has to come across as “warm,” but no one is saying Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t warm enough. Steinau says […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage police investigating Wednesday night homicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 28, 9:37

    Police have charged an Anchorage man with two counts of murder following a late night stabbing, according to a Thursday morning release. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Anchorage Police Department was called to a “possible homicide” at the 900 block of East 46th Court in Midtown. When officers arrived, they found 33-year-old Kelly Frederick being […]

  • Lifestyle

    394-year-old Shakespeare book on display in Juneau

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 8:27

    Alaska’s state library has opened a new exhibit featuring a nearly 400-year-old William Shakespeare book containing 36 plays. The Juneau Empire reports visitors to the Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum in Juneau can view Shakespeare’s First Folio through Aug. 24. The visiting copy of the book, printed in 1623, is one of only 234 […]

  • Crime

    Former teller charged with credit union embezzlement

    by Associated Press on Jul 28, 8:08

    A 23-year-old Anchorage resident was arraigned this week on a charge of embezzling from a credit union. Federal prosecutors say Shanice Mano took more than $100,000 from her former employer, Credit Union 1. Mano was a teller at the credit union. Prosecutors say she accessed customer accounts without authority and transferred money to accounts that […]

  • Lifestyle

    ‘Timeless and ageless’: Celebrating Lauren Maxwell’s 3 decades of journalism

    by Jessica Stugelmayer on Jul 28, 7:03

    Many things in Alaska have stood the test of time. People, especially those who aren’t born here, don’t always make the cut. Lauren Maxwell began her career with KTVA 11 News on this day 30 years ago. Back then, the whole town was younger, seedier and steeped in money. “I’ve been lucky to have covered […]

  • News

    UPDATE: Police locate missing 4-year-old girl

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jul 27, 20:58

    Last updated at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 Four-year-old Alyiah Touyon has been located and is safe, according to Anchorage police spokesperson Jennifer Castro. “Officers located her down the street at a residence a couple blocks away,” said Castro. “She’s safe and okay.” About 30 people turned out to help search for Touyon, but […]