PenAir Flight 3296 lost control during landing at Unalaska-Dutch Harbor Airport last week, partially sliding into the harbor. The crash resulted in the death of one person and several other injuries requiring treatment, according to local authorities. At least one of the survivors is critically injured.
42 people were aboard the Saab 2000 aircraft when it crashed, including a high school swim team. A spokesperson from the school said “all students and chaperones are accounted for and are OK.”
Meteorology reports show that weather at the time of the crash was clouded by light rain and fog. Wind gusts may have also wrested control of the vehicle from the pilots. Although, at this time, it is not known exactly why the aircraft failed to land safely. Eyewitness reports say the plane attempted one landing, re-lifted, circled around, and tried to land a second time, which is when the crash occurred.
A team of crash investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be sent to the remote corner of Alaska to try to identify the crash’s cause. The flight recorder aboard the aircraft should help determine if there was a landing gear or mechanical failure, or if the crash was caused by a pilot’s error.
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