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9 people killed in Alaska sightseeing plane crash

A plane crash in the southeastern part of Alaska has claimed the lives of nine people. Investigators were dispatched two days after the crash to the site to see if they could determine the cause. At the time of a report on the plane crash, a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board said it was too early to come to any conclusions about what happened.

The group had been on a sightseeing air tour during a seven-day Alaska cruise. They were returning to the cruise ship after flying over some of the state's wilderness areas of lakes and mountains. Although the air space where they were was not controlled, pilots usually communicate with each other in the air to get help with where they need to go. The plane crashed in an area of mountains that frequently experiences adverse weather conditions, but it is not yet known if weather was a factor.

The investigators found the body of the plane mostly in one piece but the wings and tail had broken off. They will be examining not just the weather conditions at the time but the credentials of the pilot, who was hired for summer flight work, and whether or not the plane had been properly maintained. They will also be checking with other pilots who were flying in the same region around the same time.

This is a case that may take several months before all evidence has been evaluated and a final report is given. If the National Transportation Safety Board investigators conclude that this plane crash occurred because of the negligence of the pilot or of the carrier that owned the plane, several wrongful death lawsuits could be filed on behalf of the families of those who were killed. Although any money received will not bring their loved ones back, the compensation could cover many costs that may have been incurred because of their losses.

Source: ABC News, "Investigators at Alaska Site of Plane Crash That Killed 9", Becky Bohrer and Gosia Wozniacka, June 28, 2015

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