NTSB releases report on crash near Bethel


by Your Alaska Link News Team

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report says a small commercial plane was flying at about 3,400 feet when it crashed near Bethel, killing the two pilots on board.

Reports say investigators still don't know what caused the Cessna 208 operated by Hageland Aviation to go down during a training flight. NTSB investigator Clint Johnson says it appears the plane went into a steep dive.

Killed in the April 8 crash were 42-year-old Derrick Cedars of Bethel and 46-year-old Greggory McGee of Anchorage. No others were on board.

The burned wreckage was found near Three Step Mountain.

The NTSB also is investigating the November crash of another Hageland Aviation Cessna 208. Four people were killed and six injured in the crash of that commuter flight.

Hageland Aviation is part of Ravn Alaska.