On Tuesday, June 4 a Pacific Wings deHavilland Beaver crashed into mountainous, tree-covered terrain about 14 miles east of Petersburg resulting in the death of one of the passengers.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have been investigating the crash but are unable to continue at this time until the aircraft is recovered.
“We are at a standstill right now,” NTSB Chief Clint Johnson said. “We have conditionally released the wreckage to the insurance company in order for it to be removed.”
According to Johnson, a helicopter is needed to remove the crashed plane and one is not available at this time.
“We will take custody of the plane once it has been recovered and Investigator Bryce Banning will be there to gather all evidence,” Johnson said. “The wreckage will be taken to Petersburg, but we are all in a hold pattern right now.”
Updates will be posted to the NTSB website as soon as they are available.