Preliminary Report Reveals Few Details In St. Mary’s Crash

An Alaska commuter plane in which four people died last month had changed course from one small Alaska village to another because of deteriorating weather.

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A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board says pilot Terry Hansen diverted from a scheduled landing in Mountain Village to Saint Marys and flew over the latter community’s airport before the plane crashed on Nov. 29, a mile away.

The preliminary findings gives few details as to the possible cause of the crash of the Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 turboprop.

The airplane was not required to carry a cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder.

Hansen and three passengers, 57-year-old Rose Polty, 65-year-old Richard Polty and 5-month-old baby Wyatt Coffee, died in the crash.

Six other passengers sustained serious injuries.

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