17 July 2017

Alaskan Aviation: A Week of Differing Results

Alaskan Aviation Festival Showcases American History

Organizers for the festival said it is meant to bring community members together to understand what aviation means to the state.

Michael Buzinski, a board member for the museum said the event is not about fundraising.

"This is not a big fundraiser for us, this is more about giving back to the community that we serve and making sure that people understand what aviation has been to the state and what it's gonna be to the state in the future," Buzinski said.

The event features modern day and vintage planes.

UPDATE: NTSB says friends launched an initial search for the now fatal plane crash

The National Transportation safety board says the crash happened around 10 A.M. Saturday.
Officials say friends of the pilot launched a private search for the plane initially.

"They did find the airplane." said Alaska NTSB Chief, Clint Johnson.

"The flight was intended to shuttle a group up to a cabin up in that area. They had completed that first shuttle and the pilot was on the way back to Sand Lake to do the last shuttle of two people and that's when the plane became missing," Johnson said.

Troopers said [searchers] found the aircraft along with the deceased pilot,75 year old, Donald Wayne Frantz.

Johnson said the NTSB is also monitoring a second report of a crash possibly involving a float plane near Wasilla. No injuries were reported in that crash.


Old NFO said...

Aviation is inherently dangerous.

Rev. Paul said...

And of course, flying in Alaska further adds to the complexity. But you know that better than most.

Ed Bonderenka said...

Didn't another float plane crash at Wasilla last week?

Rev. Paul said...

Ed, I think the one mentioned here is the same crash.