ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The pilot of a floatplane that crashed in an Alaska bay killing a man and injuring others told authorities the ocean was swelling during takeoff.
The Anchorage Daily News reported that an investigation began after the Friday crash that killed 57-year-old Maryland resident Joseph Patanella.
Authorities said pilot Engjell Berisha and six family members encountered rough waters during takeoff from Tutka Bay less than 300 miles (483 kilometers) south of Anchorage.
Investigators add a preliminary report into the crash that left the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver upside down with a missing wing is almost complete.
Authorities said the Rust's Flying Service pilot was certified and holds commercial ratings.
Officials said Patanella was the CEO of Annapolis cybersecurity firm Trusted Knight and a former National Security Agency technologist.