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Tracking Down an Alaskan Plane Crash in the Wilderness

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Tracking Down an Alaskan Plane Crash in the Wilderness

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When the National Transportation Safety Board office in Alaska first hears about a plane going down, protocol is to begin gathering information: how bad the crash is, the number of survivors, and where exactly the wreckage is located.

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Minutes after takeoff, an air taxi flight veers off course during a 40-mile flight from Juneau to Hoonah, and crashes into a steep mountain. The on-scene investigation and wreckage layout reveals the airplane and engine were not to blame. So what caused the pilot to take her unusual, and deadly, route? Join the investigators of the NTSB Alaska Regional Office as they battle 1,000-foot fjords, dense forests, and very dynamic weather on a quest to solve the mystery of a tragic Cessna 207 accident.

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