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Auto accident results in severe injury to older couple

An auto accident can occur for many reasons. Some happen as a result of weather conditions, some from vehicular malfunctions and some from carelessness of drivers on the road. Two people were recently seriously injured after an auto accident on a highway in Alaska.

The report from a responding trooper indicated that the driver of a semi truck had tried to slow down when a vehicle turned out in front of him. As he applied the brakes, he lost control of the truck and it jackknifed. A woman driving a pickup truck and coming from the opposite direction crashed into the side of the semi.

Plane crash in canal injures four Alaska residents

Rescue personnel were called after a plane crash in an Alaska waterway. Four people were on board, and all were saved thanks to mayday calls from the pilot alerting the Federal Aviation Administration that the engine of the plane had died en route to its destination. All four were injured in the plane crash and were taken to medical facilities for treatment.

A little over halfway into the flight, the FAA received the pilot's distress call and requested support from the U.S. Coast Guard. The pilot and three passengers swam through 5-foot waves with winds at 28 mph to reach the shore of the canal where the plane eventually completely sank. A Coast Guard helicopter picked up three of the passengers, while a touring helicopter retrieved the fourth. After treatment, three passengers were released, but the fourth was transferred to an intensive care unit and listed as being in critical condition.

NTSB report reveals pilot error to blame for Alaska plane crash

Blame has been placed on the pilot of a commercial aircraft after a plane crash at an Alaska airport two years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board recently released its report, concluding that the first officer raised the landing gear after the plane touched down on the runway. Two members of the crew and 13 passengers were all able to walk away from the plane crash.

According to the NTSB report, the landing gear failed and the plane slid on its underside until it was able to stop, causing extensive damage to several parts of the plane. One of the passengers described the motion of the plane as being comparable to riding with a drunk driver. No complications were found with the landing gear or the accompanying safety switch when inspected by investigators, but the report did not clarify how the landing gear was raised by the first officer without the safety switch engaging automatically.

NTSB publishes recommendations in report after Alaska plane crash

Alaska has been the site of numerous plane crashes in recent years. The National Transportation Safety Board published its conclusive report on one plane crash that occurred in 2013. The crash killed all 10 people who were on board the aircraft..

The report stated that the most likely reason for the crash was an incorrect estimation of cargo and passenger weight. It was determined that neither the actual weight of the load nor an approximated guess of the weights of the passengers, with an additional 10 pounds per person, was calculated before the flight. It also appeared that no balance computations were made. The report claims that had it been mandatory for the operator to make precise notations on the flight manifest, he would have seen the problems and could have corrected them before the plane took off.

Witnesses observe car accident on Alaska highway

There can be several explanations for a car accident. Some accidents may happen because of mechanical trouble with the car, some because of driver distractions, such as cell phones or young children in the car, or some happen because of driver impairment from drugs or alcohol. A recent car accident on an Alaska highway involved two vehicles and injury to one of the drivers.

A report on the accident gave testimony from two of several witnesses who saw the crash take place. One witness said a woman driving a blue Hyundai was sitting at an intersection attempting to make a left turn onto the highway when a black Nissan ran the red light and hit the Hyundai on the driver's side. The accident happened in front of a fire station, and help arrived almost immediately.

Alaska pilot killed in plane crash

Plane crashes in Alaska occur far too frequently, often leaving surviving family members mourning a loss. Sadly, a young pilot did not survive a recent crash involving a Cessna 150 in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. His death is the 22nd plane crash in the state this year.

A witness who was driving near the crash site saw the plane plunge to the ground on a nearby road, approximately a mile away from the Houston High School. That person called 911 to alert emergency personnel. Fire fighters reached the scene but were unable to help the man, as the plane was consumed by fire by that time. Reportedly, it appeared that all but the tail of the plane was completely destroyed.

Alaska man killed in pedestrian accident

A pedestrian accident can happen at any time, but after sunset, the chances increase. Even in areas where pedestrian traffic is common, some drivers still fail to notice pedestrians in or near they roadway after dark. After a recent pedestrian accident in Alaska, residents are hoping drivers will become more vigilant.

A man was found lying in the road, having been spotted by the town's safety patrol. They called the police department and described the man as being unconscious and seriously injured. Emergency personnel took the man to a nearby medical facility, but he had died by the time they had arrived.

In Alaska's extreme conditions, pilot negligence can be deadly

Some people call Alaska the last frontier of the United States. Due to this fact, small airplanes and helicopters are often used to transport people to remote locations or to provide tourists with a unique view of the state's beauty. However, the extreme terrain and unpredictable weather conditions can be unforgiving, and if pilots fail to account for these hazards, the results can be catastrophic. Pilot negligence can be deadly. 

Here in Alaska, many plane and helicopter crashes are the result of a pilot deciding to fly despite adverse conditions under which the plane, the pilot or both are unable to perform properly. For example, a pilot may not be able to control an aircraft that is being tossed around due to extreme turbulence. Pilots are duty bound not to fly in dangerous weather conditions.

3 dead, 5 injured in Alaska plane crash

Three people were killed and five others injured in a recent plane crash that occurred near a small village. The National Transportation Safety Board, assisted by Alaska State Troopers, will investigate the details of the plane crash. All 10 people aboard the plane, including the pilot, were from out of state.

The floatplane was transporting the tourists to a particular destination for a fishing excursion. It never cleared a copse of trees during takeoff and was found near a lake not too far from where it took off. People from the village helped rescue personnel as they carried several of the survivors from the area of the wreckage on stretchers. Those survivors were airlifted to a medical center in Anchorage to be treated.

Alaska woman leads police on chase that ends in car accident

An afternoon traffic stop resulted in a car chase with Alaska police and ended with a car accident. The driver of the car was the only person who sustained injuries in the car accident. Police issued multiple charges against her including driving under the influence, felony eluding and reckless driving.

Police reports state they attempted to pull the driver over after she almost ran into two cars while on the road. She did not stop, however, and led police on a chase for several miles. She tried to escape by turning onto a side road but overshot the turn and ended up crashing into trees on the side of the road.

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