I know fox, but? Ted Stevens dead?
Stevens took off under horribly risky conditions. Gambled and lost.
I can see him appraising the risks and poo pooing reality. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said the plane, a 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3T registered
to Anchorage-based General Communications Inc., took off at 2 p.m. Monday from a GCI corporate site on Lake Nerka,
heading to a lodge on Lake Aleknagik.
He said the plane was flying by visual flight rules, and was not required to file a flight plan.
National Weather Service data shows that weather conditions deteriorated between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday – the
approximate time the FAA said the plane took off. Visibility at Dillingham, the nearest observation area, was about 10 miles
with overcast skies at 1:49 p.m.; it was three miles by 2:22 p.m., with light rain, fog and mist reported.
Volunteer pilots were dispatched around 7 p.m. after the plane was overdue at its destination. They came upon the
wreckage about a half hour later, authorities said. Rescuers could not arrive until after daybreak because fog and rain
made it too difficult to reach the site.
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