Foul weather reviewed as possible crash factor

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm •  Published: July 5, 2013
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After learning that the fast group hand landed, the leader of the slow airplanes also led his group to Healy. He waited about an hour, took off by himself to check conditions and turned back from thick clouds in Broad Pass.

The other pilots reported Hemman missing.

Investigators determined that Hemman crashed at about 10:40 a.m. 15 miles southwest of Cantwell. A community fire crew spotted fire from the crash at around noon.

Wreckage of the aircraft, equipped with two 300-horsepower engines, was spread over 726 feet of brush and tundra, indicating a high-speed crash.

Five video cameras mounted on the airplane's exterior were recovered and sent to the NTSB vehicle recorder laboratory in Washington, DC, for review. A final crash investigation report could take nine months or longer.

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