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NTSB plans investigative hearing on fatal Ravn Connect Cessna 208B crash in Alaska
18 July 2017

Accident location of flight 3153.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced it has scheduled an investigative hearing for Aug. 17, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska, as part of the ongoing investigation of the Oct. 2, 2016, crash of Ravn Connect flight 3153 near Togiak, Alaska.

Flight 3153 was a scheduled commuter flight operated by Hageland Aviation Services, dba Ravn Connect. The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan departed Quinhagak, Alaska, at 11:33 a.m., Oct. 2, 2016, destined for Togiak. The airplane, carrying two pilots and one passenger, impacted steep mountainous, rocky terrain at about 11:54 a.m., approximately 12 miles northwest of Togiak. There were no survivors.

Among the safety issues to be discussed at the investigative hearing are:

  • Operational control at Hageland Aviation, including its FAA oversight, organizational structure, policies and procedures, and training and guidance for operational control agents.
  • Pilot training and guidance related to deteriorating weather conditions to mitigate controlled flight into terrain risk, including the incorporation of lessons learned from previous controlled flight into terrain accidents.
  • Safety management, training and oversight resources available to the Alaskan aviation community.

An NTSB review of accident data revealed Hageland Aviation Services aircraft were involved in six accidents since 2013. Four of those accidents involved controlled flight into terrain and one involved flight into instrument meteorological conditions.

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