NTSB Faults Ketchikan Tour Operator And FAA In Plane Crash

The NTSB has issued its findings as to the cause of the July 24, 2007 de Havilland Beaver airplane crash near Ketchikan. The crash killed the pilot and four passengers. The NTSB faulted the FAA’s supervision of tour operators and recommended a system of weather information to aid pilots in making in-flight decisions. While Taquan Air Service’s pilot had commerical aviation experience, he had only 7 hours of flight time in Alaska when he was hired. The NTSB found that the pilot improperly continued VFR flight in IFR conditions and did not adequately evaluate the deteriorating weather conditions.

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