NTSB Looks to “Improve Safety” in Alaskan Aviation

As NTSB Member Earl Weener wrapped up his trip to Soldotna last week, he departed from the details about the Soldotna plane crash to make a push towards “greater safety” for Alaskan aviators.


Although the accident at the center of Weener’s trip was a Part 135 For Hire operation, Weener changed focus during the last press conference in Alaska…


Weener: “If you break it down and look at corporate flying, which is improved, business flying, which is improved, instruction flying, which is improved, that leaves personal flying, and that’s getting worse. It’s getting worse to the tune of about 20 percent increase in the rate of accidents over the last decade.”


The NTSB has released five ‘safety alert’ pamphlets, which Weener outlined at the last press conference…


Weener: “Preventing your aerodynamic stalls at low altitude… reduced visual references… risk management  risk management for pilots, risk management for mechanics… and then finally, you’d be surprised how often we have a mechanical problem with the airplane, and the airplane has been trying to tell a pilot for several flights that not everything was well.”


In blog post published by Weener today, he suggests that their investigation isn’t simply to answer questions for those mourning the ten people lost on board; Weener hints at future changes for aviation in Alaska, writing:


“It’s crucial to understand what happened so we can help improve aviation safety for a state which relies so heavily on all manner and make of aircraft.”


To read the full blog post, visit: NTSB Blog.

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