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Alaska pilot and passenger missing after plane crash

A pilot and his one passenger are missing after a recent plane crash. The Alaska Air National Guard searched for two days after the plane was found just after sunrise. The specific time of the plane crash is not yet known but a call to 911 was made approximately six hours before the discovery of the wreckage. Officials think one of the two people aboard the plane placed the call.

While the names of the two missing people were not officially released, family members identified the pilot after he did not show up for a family function and after they were given the description of the plane that had crashed. Friends and family of the pilot began leading their own searches, both on the ground and in the air after the ANG called off the official search. The plane was discovered along the coastline, prompting search parties to scour nearby beaches. The pilot's father does not believe they will find his son alive, as it is not possible to endure the water temperature much more than 30 minutes. The family is already planning a memorial service.

When the plane was found, it was turned over and parts of it had sunk into the mud. The day after the discovery of the wreckage, it was pulled out of the mud and water by boat and helicopter and will be taken to a secure facility. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will examine the parts for answers as to what caused the plane to crash.

A plane crash like this one could result in a wrongful death lawsuit. The manufacturer of the plane could be facing litigation if it is found during the investigation that the crash occurred because of a malfunction of any of the equipment on the plane. The family of the pilot could be sued by the family of the passenger if negligence was found to lie with the pilot. Whatever the outcome of the NTSB inquiry, it is likely the advice of an attorney familiar with Alaska aviation regulations will be required.

Source:, "Aerial search for occupants of crashed Knik Arm plane suspended", Devin Kelly, Aug. 8, 2015

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