Pilot in Deadly Alaska Crash Reported Fog & Rain

The pilot involved in the fatal crash of a small sightseeing plane in Alaska reported fog and rain in the area, but an investigator says it's too soon to say if weather was the cause of the accident.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The pilot involved in the fatal crash of a small sightseeing plane in Alaska reported fog and rain in the area, but an investigator says it's too soon to say if weather was the cause of the accident.
   
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Brice Banning says the pilot reports fog along mountain ridges, as well as some rain showers when the plane crashed into the side of a mountain near Petersburg Tuesday.
   
Banning says there were no mechanical problems.
   
Seven people were aboard the Pacific Wings de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. One passenger, 66-year-old Thomas L. Rising of Santa Fe, N.M., died in the crash.
   
The other passengers are members of a Pennsylvania family. Two of them were seriously injured and are recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
 

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