An air taxi crashed at the Soldotna Airport on Sunday morning, killing all 10 people onboard in the worst aviation accident in Alaska in more than a decade.
The de Havilland DHC-3 Otter airplane crashed at 11:20 a.m. at the Soldotna Airport, according to the Alaska State Troopers and Soldotna Police Department.
The plane was operated by Rediske Air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The National Transportation Safety Board described the flight as an air taxi, but on Sunday evening was still trying to confirm who was onboard and where they were going.
This news really shook me this morning because my daughter is currently on the road for a television program.
However as I read the details I calmed down as she is driving in a rental car, with no plans as far as I know to fly anyplace, and this accident took place on the other side of Alaska from where she is supposed to be.
I wish I could say this kind of crash is a rarity, but up here it simply is not.
Many of you will undoubtedly remember that it was a plane crash which ultimately took the life of Senators Stevens, and it has been plane crashes that have taken many Alaskan lives over the years.
My own experiences with flying on smaller planes have been nothing short of terrifying and I have tried to keep my daughter off of them over the years, which is difficult because sometimes her job requires traveling through parts of Alaska not easy to reach by the road system. (She DID in fact fly in a small plane for a job at one point and decided simply to forget to let me know. Not happy about that.)
Anyhow as you can imagine I feel badly for the people involved in this tragedy and my thoughts are with the families.
(Don't hold your breath waiting for a response from the Grizzled One, she is no longer interested in local problems. Especially if she cannot find someway to blame it on President Obama.)