NTSB releases preliminary accident report for St. Mary’s plane crash

by Ben Matheson on December 10, 2013

The NTSB has released a preliminary report on the crash near St. Mary’s that killed 4 passengers and injured 6.
The report does not reveal a cause of the incident. It does put together a more complete timeline of the crash.

The report says the aircraft was supposed to go to Mountain Village first, but it diverted to St. Mary’s due to deteriorating weather.

The Cessna 208 was flying at a low altitude towards the airport and then continued past the runway. That’s according to witnesses, who then attempted to reach the pilot on the radio.

They heard no response, but soon heard from another pilot that an emergency beacon was activated nearby. The airplane travelled more than 200 feet after impact across open tundra. The NTSB says the crash occurred at 6:24 p.m.

The airplane was not equipped a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder. It was not required to have that equipment on board.

The NTSB is flying the wreckage to a facility in anchorage where they will piece together the plane and determine whether there were any mechanical problems that could have led to the crash.

The NTSB reports weather at the airport at the time of the crash was overcast at 300 feet, with the temperature at 18 degrees.

An NTSB meteorologist is also assigned to the case. The full investigation could take a year to complete.

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