Floatplane crash that killed 9 nears end of investigation

An investigation into a floatplane crash that killed 8 sightseers and the pilot about a year ago is nearly finished.

Floatplane crash that killed 9 nears end of investigation

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An investigation into a floatplane crash that killed 8 sightseers and the pilot about a year ago is nearly finished.

National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Chief Clint Johnson told the Ketchikan Daily News that officials are compiling information before releasing a final report.

The federal agency sent investigators to the site near Ketchikan where visibility was reduced at the time of the June 2015 crash.

A preliminary report said pieces of terrain-avoidance technology were recovered.

Johnson said factors like the high number of deaths in the crash probably warrant a hearing, when a possible cause would be released.

The safety board can hold hearings for major accidents to gather sworn testimony and make the investigation process public.

A Washington, D.C. hearing is likely to be set early in 2017.

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