Initial report released in fatal Alaska crash

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A preliminary report on a fatal Alaska commercial floatplane crash says the pilot had just five hours of floatplane experience when he began company orientation in April.

    The National Transportation Safety Board on Friday released the preliminary report on the May 20 crash of a Taquan Air flight in the harbor of the village of Metlakatla in southeast Alaska.

    The crash killed 51-year-old Ron Rash of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the pilot, and 32-year-old Sarah Luna, the only passenger.

    It was the second fatal crash for the Ketchikan-based company in less than a week.

    The NTSB preliminary report cites no cause for the crash.

    The floatplane crashed while landing after a 22-mile (35-kilometer) flight from Ketchikan.

    A witness said airplane's right float dug into the water before it flipped nose-first.

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