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Pilot is killed in plane crash in Alaska

A pilot for Wings of Alaska airline was the only person on board who did not survive a recent plane crash. The plane had left a major city and was headed to an island off the state's coast. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to conduct an investigation into the cause of the plane crash.

A 911 call from one of the survivors of the crash alerted police in Juneau as to what had happened. The plane was located by the U.S. Coast Guard on the side of a mountain only 18 miles from where it took off. The flight was supposed to take just 18 minutes to reach its destination.

The rescue squad was able to confirm the four passengers aboard were alive and was able to airlift them to a medical facility. A report listed two of the passengers as being in stable condition. Of the other two, one was in serious condition and the second critical. The mayor of the destination island says any plane crash is very upsetting to the people living there as they rely on air transportation to get them to other parts of the state. One of the passengers resides on the island.

As the investigation by the NTSB continues, the pilot's family and the injured survivors will surely follow its progress. It is unknown if weather, faulty plane mechanics and/or pilot error played a part in the plane crash. Because the pilot was performing her job at the time of her death, her family is likely entitled to pursue a claim for workers' compensation death benefits in Alaska. Her family, as well as the seriously injured passengers, will most certainly be interested in the outcome of any official investigation in order to determine the viability of pursuing further legal recourse.

Source: alaskapublic.org, "Four Survive, One Dead in Juneau to Hoonah Plane Crash", Lisa Phu, July 17, 2015

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