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Photos: Alaska aviation accidents

A Cessna 150L crashed on takeoff from Merrill Field, killing two people. August 24, 2013
Loren Holmes photo
NTSB team at the Rediske Air crash site in Soldotna, Alaska.
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The wreckage of a Cessna that crashed on Puntilla Lake during the Iron Dog. Pilot Rob Stone and passenger Jason Wichman were airlifted from the site to a hospital in Anchorage. Feb 17, 2013
Courtesy Steve Perrin
This Beechcraft King Air crashed en route to Atqasuk.
NTSB photo
The accident site near Aleknagik, Alaska that took the lives of 5 of the 9 persons aboard, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.
National Transportation Safety Board photo
Quinhagak plane crash, June 6, 2008.
Alaska State Troopers
Hageland Aviation plane crash near Nome, February 19, 2009.
Alaska State Troopers
Era helicopter crash, April 15, 2008.
Alaska State Troopers
Kodiak plane crash, March 15, 2010.
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Elim plane crash, June 11, 2009.
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Ketchikan plane crash, July 23, 2010.
Alaska State Troopers
McGrath plane crash, August 14, 2010.
Alaska State Troopers
Seal river plane crash, August 16, 2011.
Alaska State Troopers
Aniak plane crash, November 2011.
Alaska State Troopers
Petersburg plane crash, June 4, 2013.
Alaska State Troopers
Float Plane Crash, 2007.
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Cantwell plane crash, June 28, 2013.
Alaska State Troopers
Ketchikan airplane crash, July 24, 2007.
Alaska State Troopers
Wasilla floatplane crash, July 14, 2009.
Alaska State Troopers
Airplane crash in Bethel.
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Ketchikan plane crash, August 2007.
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Kodiak airplane crash, January 5, 2008.
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Alphabet Hill plane crash, September 12, 2010.
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Alaska Dispatch

A startling rash of deadly aviation accidents -- four in less than two weeks -- have left six people dead and many Alaskans reeling in overwhelming grief. 

With so much trauma, so much loss, it's difficult to put the accidents in perspective and analyze Alaska's aviation safety. And yet, despite the grief and sorrow, a closer look at Alaska 2013 flying season, so far, reveals a bit of good news amid all the hard news headlines.

This year has been safer for pilots than many years past, according to an analysis of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident data dating back to 2003*. The simple fact: there have actually been fewer aircraft accidents this year, in Alaska, than in those previous.

A survey of the data through early September of each year from 2003-2013 reveals an annual mean of 79 aviation-related accidents.

FULL STORY: DEATH TOLL CONCEALS AVIATION SAFETY