Cessna that crashed in Anchorage heavily loaded

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ANCHORAGE — A National Transportation Safety Board report on the June 1 crash of a single-engine Cessna in Anchorage says the plane was heavily loaded with building supplies, including lumber and ceramic tile.

The report released Monday says witnesses who saw the plane take off said the tires appeared flat from the weight, and the plane labored to leave the runway.

KTUU reports the NTSB factual report reveals more details about the crash, but is not the final report on the cause.

The plane crashed about a mile west of Merrill Field and burned. Bystanders rescued pilot Preston Cavner, his wife Stacie and their 2-year-old son Hudson, as well as baby sitter Rachel Zientek. The Cavners’ 4-year-old son Myles died in the crash.

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