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July 11, 2016

Alaska Dispatch News owner, Alice Rogoff-Rubenstein’s plane crashed near tour boat in Halibut Cove

Filed under: Alaska • ToBeFree,People • ToBeFree — Jeff Fenske @ 6:50 pm

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NTSB: Alaska Dispatch News owner’s plane crashed near tour boat in Halibut Cove

A small plane flown by Alaska Dispatch News’ owner and publisher struck trees then plunged into the waters of Halibut Cove near a tour boat after an “aborted landing” Sunday evening, according to investigators.

A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report on the crash of Alice Rogoff’s Cessna 206 floatplane was released Friday. Nobody was hurt during the incident. Rogoff escaped the aircraft unharmed. …

The plane loses its float after striking trees coming out of an aborted landing on Sunday, July 3, 2016, in Halibut Cove. (© Dolores Wilber 2016)
The plane loses its float after striking trees coming out of an aborted landing on Sunday, July 3, 2016, in Halibut Cove. (© Dolores Wilber 2016)
Citing witnesses, the report said the Cessna “briefly touched down in the calm, glassy waters of Halibut Cove” before it again became airborne. Witnesses consistently reported the plane began “a steep climb to the west,” then veered to the left in a nose-high attitude.

“As the airplane continued climbing in a south-southwest direction, it subsequently struck a large stand of trees on the southern shoreline of Halibut Cove,” investigators wrote. “The witnesses said that during the collision sequence, the airplane’s left float was severed, and the airplane immediately descended, nose first, into the waters of Halibut Cove.”

The plane’s impact point was about 100 feet from a commercial tour vessel in Halibut Cove at the time, according to the report. Rogoff received assistance “moments” after she climbed out of the crashed plane. …

Johnson said Rogoff’s attorneys had declined an NTSB request to interview her. He said that as the plane’s pilot she isn’t required to speak with investigators but must provide a written statement on the crash within 10 days. …

Cole said he advised Rogoff to provide a statement rather than an interview.

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Related:

Alice Rogoff-Rubenstein, ‘Alaska Dispatch’ Owner — What’s this Washington insider and billionaire’s wife doing in Alaska? — Owns Alaska’s largest newspaper; dined Obama in her Anchorage mansion; married to Carlyle Group co-founder; CFR, Committee of 300, & World Economic Forum member! — “This is the story of an heiress, married to a billionaire, who was willing to pay whatever it took to buy the state’s most influential newspaper and most successful Web site”

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