Fatal Anchorage plane crashes

June 1, 2010 

Fatal civilian aircraft crashes 1988 to 2010:

• May 20, 1988 — Improper maintenance and the pilot’s loss of control caused a De Havilland DHC-2 to bank and crash while taking off from Lake Hood. One person died.

• Aug. 5, 1989 — Loss of engine power caused a Piper PA-38 to crash during a series of touch-and-go landings at Merrill Field. A student pilot was killed.

• July 15, 1996 — Lack of experience and failure to follow procedures caused a home-built helicopter to crash at Airport Heights Elementary School after taking off from Merrill Field. One person was killed.

• Sept. 23, 1996 — A Cessna 206 crashed on its initial ascent from Lake Hood en route to Mount McKinley because of improper maintenance. The pilot and two passengers were killed. Two others were seriously injured.

• July 26, 1998 — A Yakovlev Yak-54 crashed into trees on Fort Richardson when its pilot, an active-duty Air Force lieutenant general practicing in his private stunt plane, attempted to do “aerobatic maneuvers” at low altitude. Two people were killed.

• May 24, 1999 — A Stinson 108 crashed into the water about eight miles southwest of Anchorage, killing its pilot. The cause of the crash remains undetermined.

• Oct. 18, 2001 — A Bell 206 helicopter crashed into Cook Inlet less than a mile from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport because the pilot, trying to see in poor weather, was intentionally flying too low to the surface. Three people were killed.

• Oct. 15, 2004 — A Piper PA-18 crashed into Knik Arm because of poor weather conditions and pilot disorientation. One person was killed.

• Oct. 1, 2008 — A Cessna 206 lost power shortly after lifting off from Merrill Field and crashed into a nearby commercial building. Two people were killed.

• Oct. 3, 2008 — Investigators said lack of flying experience was a factor in a crash of an experimental airplane that crashed near a gravel pit along the Alaska Railroad tracks in Eklutna. One person was killed.

• March 13, 2010 — A home-built ultralight craft crashed in the Alaska Railroad right of way near Eklutna. One person was killed.

Source: Anchorage Daily News archives

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