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Alaska Leads the Nation in Plane Crashes Per Capita

The Juneau Empire and the Associated Press recently reported on Alaska’s uniquely high rate of fatal plane crashes in the wake of the most recent crash that occurred in October near Dutch Harbor. As of November, there have already been 11 fatal crashes in Alaska this year alone. Despite having only .2% of the U.S. population, Alaska was home to 5.4% of its fatal aviation crashes according to the NTSB’s most recent published data on this topic from 2016. The Juneau Empire also cites an Aviation Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) study, which found that the rate of crashes per flight hour in Alaska more than doubled the national average. What are there so many plane crashes in Alaska? The

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