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A small plane crashed Friday in northern Alaska, leaving at least one person aboard injured, according to the National Transportation Safety Board and Alaska Air National Guard.


A collection of investigative materials from the National Transportation Safety Board sheds some light on a July 2013 plane crash that killed 10 people in Soldotna, including that the flight may have been overloaded and off-center when it tried to take off before crashing.
An Alaska Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter staffed by a team from the 212th Rescue Squadron from JBER searched for the plane and found the three occupants 1.2 miles from the crash site.   
The National Transportation Safety Board said the airplane crash on June 28, 2013, which left three people dead, was caused by the pilot's flight, under visual rules, into weather conditions requiring instrument flight.
Kerry Long, the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska, says he is focused on safety and bringing Alaska's airspace into the future.
A plane with four people aboard went down shortly after takeoff from Lake Hood Sunday evening, coming down in the woods not far from the airport.
All four people aboard a plane were critically injured when it crashed near Atigun Pass in northern Alaska on Sunday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The pilot in a fatal plane crash at Big Lake Airport Sunday was seen leaving an Anchorage bar about an hour beforehand, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. But investigators won't know whether alcohol was a factor until test results come back. 
The National Transportation Safety Board determined a "ambiguous" exchange with Anchorage air traffic control was a factor in the 2013 crash of Alaska Central Express flight 51.

A high-tech charting effort is slowly gaining ground as part of an effort to improve aviation safety in the Last Frontier.