Four people were killed in a fiery airplane crash after a bald eagle collided with their aircraft near Anchorage, Alaska last month according to air safety investigators. Williams said investigators have not determined whether the bird caused the crash, and will now focus on possible scenarios that could have downed the plane. “Remains were sent to the Feather Identification Lab at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.” Four people died in the crash.
The incident is the first time a bald eagle has caused civilian casualties in the U.S. according to NTSB. Between 1990 and 2015, 219 bald eagles struck aircraft in the US, 60 of them in Alaska, Williams said.
The pilot was formerly with the NTSB and retired from the Federal Aviation Authority, Williams said.
‘He was a really good pilot and he even gave one of my students a check ride the other day and he had a zest for life, lets put it that way,’ Rick Ruess, a friend of Kobelnyk’s and an instructor with Arctic Flyers told KTUU.
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SOURCE: Tri-County Sun Times, Max Garcia