• Aviation attorney

    Posted on August 27th, 2010

    Written by sslates


    California plane crash lawyers know that inclement weather can be a major factor in plane crashes.  The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report into the Alaska plane crash that killed former Senator Ted Stevens earlier this month.  Broadly, the report seems to indicate that poor visibility might have played a major role in the crash that killed five people, including former Senator Stevens.

    The NTSB report has some details about the kind of adverse flying conditions that the plane likely encountered on that day.  Data from the official weather observation station located closest to the crash site seems to indicate that just about 10 minutes after the presumed time of the crash, there were wind gusts of more than 25 mph, and clouds as low as 600 feet.  There’s still no way of knowing the exact weather at the time of the crash.  The plane crashed in a remote Alaskan mountainside, and the NTSB report has been unable to pinpoint the exact weather conditions at the time.  However, the report mentions “marginal visual meteorological conditions” at the airport at Dillingham which is about 80 miles to the south of the crash site.  Besides, rescuers who reached the scene of the crash many hours later also reported poor visibility.

    The crash occurred in a remote location, and there is little solid information that the National Transportation Safety Board has to work with to determine the cause of the crash.  Alaska pilots are often faced with the challenges of flying through sudden and completely unpredictable changes in weather.   We know that the single-engine aircraft was flying at a low attitude of about 900 feet when it crashed into the Muklung Hills.  Four passengers on the plane survived the accident, and their accounts also confirm the poor visibility angle.  A more complete report by the NTSB will come only after months of investigation when the plane engine is torn down, and all other evidence is assessed.

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