Cessna on Training Flight Crashes in Alaska

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By George Hatcher

bethel
A Cessna Caravan crashed and burned near Bethel, Alaska with two pilots aboard and no passengers. Derrick Cedars and Greggory McGee were confirmed as pilots. The plane operated by Hageland Aviation flew out of Bethel airport, and crashed at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Troopers aboard a National Guard Blackhawk confirmed the crash with an aerial overview of the large debris field and burning wreckage.

Tuesday evening, rescuers were aboard a helicopter that flew to Three Step Mountain to the wreckage, perhaps recover the remains. The NTSB is investigating.

Hageland had five crashes since 2003.

The Cessna had 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada engines.

Metars at the time of the crash were
PABE 090153Z 36014KT 10SM R19R/3000VP6000FT CLR M07/M17 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP114 T10721167
PABE 090053Z 36013KT 10SM CLR M07/M16 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP115 T10721161

Decoded:
Location: PABE
Day of month: 09
Time: 01:53 UTC
Wind: True direction = 360 degrees, Speed: 14 knots
Visibility: 10 Statute Miles
Temperature: -07 degrees Celsius
Dewpoint: -17 degrees Celsius
QNH: 29.86 inHg
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Wind: True direction = 360 degrees, Speed: 13 knots
Visibility: 10 Statute Miles
Temperature: -07 degrees Celsius
Dewpoint: -16 degrees Celsius
QNH: 29.86 inHg

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