Many towns in Alaska are not connected by roads like most of the United States, and this means that airplanes are very prevalent in Alaska. They are often a more popular mode of transportation than cars for traveling from one town to another. This, combined with the treacherous weather that can fall upon Alaska in an instant, means that the average number of aviation accidents is higher than that of other states. One magazine in Alaska recently asked readers if more regulations would drop the aviation accident number.
The writer of the article stated that many in Alaska think that more regulations would drop the number of accidents each year. He mentions several accidents where the pilot either ran out of gas, flew into a storm and crashed without filing an official flight plane or struck a mountain at night in good weather conditions. In all three of the examples, there were no survivors.