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High aviation accident fatality number this year in Alaska

Flying is often a safer form of way than driving for most of the United States. However, when air travel is as common as getting on the interstate and the weather conditions are often less than compliant, aviation accidents can still be common. For unknown reasons, the year of 2013 has had numerous fatalities from injuries received from involvement in an aviation accident for Alaska.

The number of fatalities this year has reportedly been the highest Alaska has seen since before 2000. The NTSB stated that Alaska suffered 89 accidents this year, 14 of which were fatal. This resulted in 35 fatalities, which is the highest number of deaths since 1997 when Alaska suffered 51 fatalities. The cause of the high number of deaths is unknown.

Though the number of fatal accidents is tragically high, the overall number of accidents is relatively low. One cause of this could be that fewer one-person crashes occurred, while the number of accidents that involved multiple people increased. To better inform pilots and attempt to reduce the numbers for 2014, the AASF held a seminar on key things to look out for and major actions that should not be taken.

Sadly, the families of these deceased victims are quite possibly still dealing with the emotional pain that comes with losing a loved one. Even if compensation is given to the families for the loss of life from the aviation accident, nothing can stop the pain of losing a family member. The only thing that will help these people properly heal is time, but financial restitution gained through a civil lawsuit might help ease their financial suffering.

Source: Alaska Dispatch, No simple answers for what's behind Alaska aviation's deadly year, Colleen Monder, Dec. 29, 2013

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