Pilot indicted for illegal flight

Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) Forest Kirst is accused of misleading federal investigators who probed a plane crash.

The federal grand jury indicted Kirst on two counts of obstruction before the National Transportation Safety Board Thursday.  They alleged Mr. Kirst flew without a valid airman's certificate.

Mr. Kirst has filed two appeals with the NTSB.  He also filed a lawsuit against companies he claimed sold him a defective propeller that caused the 2014 crash.

The plane went down in Atigun Pass and caused one fatality and three other injuries.

In the indictment the NTSB alleged Kirst gave them varying explanation for the crash and misled them about the altitude of the plane.  The Federal Aviation Administration claims that Kirst flew after they revoked his pilot's license.

 

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