Any type of accident can be a dramatic experience for both those in the accident and the families as well. Across the United States, countless accidents of all types happen every day. Whether it is a car, boat, or aviation accident, those involved can be seriously injured or worse. No matter what the vehicle, the sometimes hazardous conditions in Alaska can make operating the vehicle that much more difficult and risky.
Over the last few years, public service announcements regarding the dangers of drunk driving and benefits of wearing safety belts have filled radio and television airways. With the bombardment of information, it is almost impossible for people to be ignorant of these issues. However, despite these efforts, people are still willing to take risks regarding their safety in these matters. Now, a woman has been killed as a result of an alleged drunk driving accident in Alaska.
Even though airplane crashes are less frequent than car accidents, they unfortunately still happen. The hazardous weather conditions in Alaska often make a pilot's job more difficult, and even the most experienced pilots can have an aviation accident. Accidents like these are tragic, and when they occur they are often fatal. One of the most recent accidents occurred in the first part of July when a plane crashed just feet from the runway.
Two families from Greenville, South Carolina, on their way to a bear viewing lodge, have been identified as nine of the 10 people killed in an airplane crash at the Soldtona Airport. Federal Investigators from the N.T.S.B. say they are just beginning their investigation to determine what caused the de Havilland DHC-3-T Otter to crash and burn feet from the lone runway at the Soldotna Municipal Airport. The crash killed both families and the highly experienced pilot of the Otter in the worst aviation accident in Alaska in more than a decade. As the group prepared to leave the Soldotna Airport, the weather was reportedly cloudy, with light winds. Just after 11:20 a.m., something went very wrong as the plane attempted to take off. The N.T.S.B. can be counted on to do a thorough and professional job of exploring every possible cause of this terrible crash. While a preliminary report may be issued in as few as 30 days, a final report may take a year or more to complete, depending on a number of factors.
The first alcohol-related crash in over two years took place in the early morning of June 30, according to Alaskan authorities. The drunk driving accident took place in Anchorage and claimed the life of one woman and has injured several other people. The man deemed responsible is now in custody facing several charges.