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Old 11-25-2013, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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The ups and downs of commuting by plane in off-road Alaska | Alaska Dispatch
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:23 AM
 
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Interesting and also interesting was an article about banning studded tires... (In Norway)
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:58 AM
 
Location: "Out there" in Alaska.
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Alaskans have a connection to one another when lives are lost in traveling around the state. Everyone helps with recovery and rescue, giving what they can. Whether by water, snowmachine, sled, foot, or air, when the call comes, the response is genuinely Alaskan. Heartfelt condolences this few days after so much Thanksgiving. Know this: Life is tough out here, and we need each other.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Prayers out to the families in St. Marys. Being a plane crash survivor myself I know what it's like. I hope the community out there really loves on all these families.

4 killed, 6 survive plane crash outside village of St. Marys | State News | ADN.com
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I knew the pilot, he was one hell of a nice man. RIP to him and the passengers. Prayers to the survivors on a quick recovery.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Photo of the plane:

http://dps.alaska.gov/PIO/releases/r...11_29_2013.JPG
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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Ouch. May the dead rest in peace. What a tragedy to have, especially on a holiday.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Alaska- On the Bering Sea
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I knew some of the folks in there as well. Things like this are unfortunately inevitable when living in remote villages that rely upon planes for transport to nearly everything. The only reason it doesn't occur more often is because the pilots are some of the finest in the world and do their best to get their passengers (and themselves) home safe every time. My thoughts for those killed and injured in the crash and their families and loved ones.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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I still thought flying was much safer than driving? (Overall)

(I know you can't drive to most places in western Alaska.)
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I still thought flying was much safer than driving? (Overall)

(I know you can't drive to most places in western Alaska.)

The pilot I was flying with had over 5,000 hours of flying time when we crashed. I've kept an eye on his carrer since then and he's been accident free. Been in some close calls. The last one was when he had to sit his plane down on another gravel bar due to mechanical reasons. After the crash we were in I'd have had no problems flying with him again. I'll take my chances in a plane vs. driving in rush hour traffic on I-5 in Seattle.
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