NTSB investigates cause of plane crash

by Angela Denning-Barnes on December 2, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board told the Associated Press that investigators have started documenting the wreckage of a plane crash near Saint Mary’s that killed four people and injured six Friday night.

The chief of the agency’s Alaska office, Clint Johnson, said an investigator with the NTSB and another from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday reached the site where a single-engine aircraft went down.

He said investigators will be at the accident site for a day or two. They’ll collect evidence and interview witnesses.

Johnson says it’s too early to draw any conclusions about why the plane crashed. Another NTSB investigator in Anchorage also is hoping to interview survivors of the crash.

The Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 crashed at around 6:30 p.m. Friday. It left Bethel on a scheduled flight for Mountain Village and eventually Saint Marys but never reached Mountain Village.

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