NTSB issues safety recommendations after Alaska midair crash

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency tasked with investigating plane crashes is recommending that all pilots be required to communicate their positions on a designated radio frequency when entering and exiting areas not controlled by air traffic control towers throughout Alaska.

    This was among the recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration included in a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

    It follows a midair collision that killed seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, near Soldotna in 2020.

    The FAA says it will review the recommendations.

    The NTSB report says between 2005-2020, there have been 14 midair collisions in Alaska, with 12 of them in uncontrolled airspace.

    The collisions resulted in 35 deaths and 15 serious injuries.

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