Pilot died of blunt force injuries

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2001

JUNEAU Pilot Chad Beer died of "multiple blunt force injuries" when his plane crashed, the acting medical examiner said Monday. Beer was an LAB Flying Service pilot who piloted the plane that went down on Davidson Glacier on July 30, killing five passengers and himself.

Most of Beer's injuries were to the head, said Dr. Franc Fallico, deputy medical examiner, from his Anchorage office. Fallico said he cannot release toxicology test results.

Beer, 26, apparently crashed the single-engine flightseeing plane into a rock pillar near the crest of the glacier south of Haines. A Canadian guide and five German tourists were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the incident.

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