North Slope mail flight's pilot unhurt in crash
The sole occupant of a cargo flight that crashed Wednesday morning in the North Slope Borough has survived unhurt.
Mike Hodges, the NTSB's lead investigator on the incident, said the plane -- a Cessna 208B Caravan operated by Hageland Aviation and making a mail run -- had crashed on tundra about 2 miles north of the airport in Atqasuk, roughly 60 miles southwest of Utqiagvik. Word of the incident initially reached the NTSB at about 9:15 a.m.
"The preliminary information we have is that there was one person on board, the pilot, and he was in communication with North Slope Borough Search and Rescue," Hodges said. "North Slope helicopters are en route to pick up the pilot."
A statement from the Ravn Air Group, under which Hageland flies, confirmed the pilot's status Wednesday. Officials said he was being evaluated at a clinic.
"Our aircraft was forced to land approximately 3 miles short of the village runway for reasons that are unknown at this time," Ravn officials wrote. "There were no passengers on the plane and our pilot is uninjured."
The incident comes the day after the NTSB held a hearing to determine the probable cause of another Hageland-operated Caravan's 2016 flight into a mountainside near Togiak. That crash, which left two pilots and their sole passenger dead, led the NTSB to cite issues with pilot training as well as use of the aircraft's terrain avoidance warning system.
Rhonda McBride contributed information to this story.
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