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Alaska is a deadly place to fly

from By Mark Huber

Flying in Alaska is a whole different cat. I've done it exactly once. It was both awe-inspiring and occasionally terrifying. Even Alaskan pilots considered at the top of their game likely have bent some metal along the way. The environment is hostile, and the skill set needs to be greater than flying just about anywhere else. So when an Alaska State Police helicopter cratered back in March 2013 while flying a search-and-rescue mission — killing the pilot, trooper observer and just-rescued patient — it wasn't a big surprise. But what came out in the NTSB investigation was. more

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