NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD

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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.

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While Ravn Air Group has said it plans to resume Unalaska's regular flights sometime next week, airline officials haven't released any further details since they made that announcement one week ago.

"I'm not real confident in their date line," said City Councilor Shari Coleman.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the cause of this month's plane crash in Unalaska, which killed one passenger and injured more than a dozen others. 

While the full inquiry is expected to take a year or more, the federal agency is planning to release a preliminary report within a few weeks.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with Clint Johnson, the chief of the NTSB's Alaska Regional Office.

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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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Unalaska's regular flight service to and from Anchorage will resume during the week of Nov. 4 — with Ravn's Dash 8 aircraft, not the PenAir Saab 2000 that's been flying the route since 2016.

Ravn made that announcement in a statement Thursday morning, about a week after a Saab 2000 crashed in Unalaska, killing one passenger and injuring more than a dozen others.

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