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Alaska Passenger Small Plane Suicide Attempt Sounded Worse Than It Was

The media loves a scary story, and all the better when it’s about aviation. In this case, the facts don’t bear out such an interpretation.

Alaska Passenger Small Plane Suicide Attempt Sounded Worse Than It Was
Photo courtesy of Ryan Air Alaska’s website
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Last week an 18-year-old man was arrested after allegedly trying to crash the Cessna Caravan he was a passenger aboard. Local authorities took him into custody after the plane was landed safely at its destination, the airport in the small Alaska town of Aniak. No one was injured and there was no damage to the single-engine turboprop-powered plane.

The most common take on the story veered toward the sensationalistic. The idea was the usual trope, that the passenger was crazed and hellbent on crashing the plane and would have had he not been wrestled away from the controls by the pilot and passengers.

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