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Aviation Accidents: St. Mary's Tragic Crash Kills 4 and Injures 6

Four people died in a plane crash on Friday, November 29, 2013 and six passengers were seriously injured.  The plane was operated by Hagelund Aviation which is owned by Era Alaska.  According to news accounts, the plane took off from Bethel, Alaska about 5:40 p.m. with nine passengers and the pilot.  The plan was traveling to Mountain Village, about 25 miles west of St. Marys by road.  The plan crashed about 3 miles from the St. Mary's airport.  First responders learned of the crash about 6:30 p.m..  Forty to 50 local residents on foot and on snowmachines began a search for the wreck, but the plane couldn't be found for more than an hour.  Heavy fog in the area hindered the search.  The National Transportation Board is investigating the crash.

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