AIRPORT

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The PenAir flight that crashed at Unalaska's airport last month, killing one passenger, landed amid unfavorable, shifting winds, according to an initial federal report released Friday.

It was also captained by a pilot with relatively little experience at the controls of the Saab 2000 plane he was flying, the report said.

City of Unalaska

Unalaska has declared a local emergency over the community's lack of commercial air service.

The City Council approved the 21-day declaration at a special meeting on Tuesday — almost two weeks after Ravn Air Group suspended the island's regular flights to and from Anchorage in the wake of a fatal plane crash.

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Through last week, U.S. commercial airlines — distinct from the smaller bush planes that carry Alaskans to rural villages — had gone a full decade with just one paying passenger dying in an accident.

That changed last Thursday when a PenAir flight with 42 people crashed off the end of the runway in Unalaska, killing David Oltman, 38, of Wenatchee, Washington.

Now, the family that founded PenAir is raising questions about the safety standards of the new owners that bought the company out of bankruptcy last year.

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The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) says mental health and counseling services are available to anyone affected by last week's plane crash in Unalaska. Call APIA at 581-2751 or 907-359-2743 to connect with providers and access those services.

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The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) says mental health and counseling services are available to anyone affected by Thursday's plane crash in Unalaska. Call APIA at 581-2751 or 907-359-2743 to connect with providers and access those services.

Updated 10/21/19 at 4:50 p.m.

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