NTSB Determines 2016 Alaska Crash A Double Suicide | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 10.12.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.12.17

Airborne 10.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 10.12.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.12.17

Airborne 10.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Tue, Jul 11, 2017

NTSB Determines 2016 Alaska Crash A Double Suicide

Husband And Wife Were Said To Be 'Inseparable'

An accident which occurred on December 15th last year in Alaska has been ruled a double suicide by both medical examiners and the NTSB.

Fox News reports that the pilot of the airplane, 62-year-old Mark Matter, and his 63-year-old wife Cecilia were aboard the ski-equipped Piper PA-11 when it impacted terrain. Both were fatally injured.

At the time of the accident, the couple's children told television station KYUK that Cecilia was suffering from cancer, and did not have long to live. The couple was inseparable, they said, and Mark would have been devastated to try to live without her.

According to the NTSB's probable cause report, the airplane sustained substantial damage following impact with rising snow-covered terrain about 40 miles south of Aniak, Alaska. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was on file.

The flight departed Aniak Airport (PANI), about 1400, and was destined for an off-airport ski strip about 40 miles south of Aniak near Marvel Creek.

On December 16, Alaska State Troopers were notified by family members that the airplane did not return as scheduled. The wreckage was located on the southwest side of Marvel Dome at an elevation about 2,000 feet above ground level (agl).

An incident report from the Alaska State Troopers lists the pilot's death as a suicide under the heading of Incident Activities/Offenses. Following a death investigation, the State Medical Examiner classified the manner of death as a suicide.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the accident to be the pilot's intentional flight of the airplane into terrain in an act of suicide.

(Public domain image. Not accident airplane)

FMI: Report

Advertisement

More News

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.15.17): Nonapproach Control Tower

Nonapproach Control Tower Authorizes aircraft to land or takeoff at the airport controlled by the tower or to transit the Class D airspace. The primary function of a nonapproach co>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 10.10.17: Boeing Buying Aurora, DJI Privacy Mode, UAS Delivery

Also: UAS Firefighting, Self-Driving Cars, Karma Drone Follows, Futuristic Unmanned Aircraft, 50-mile UTM Corridor Boeing has announced that it will acquire Aurora Flight Sciences >[...]

ANN FAQ: You Can Sponsor ANN And/Or Aero-TV!

Help ANN Grow So That We Can Be Of Greater Service To You! For the better part of a dozen years, ANN has set the pace for the growing and evolving aero-info revolution. No other ne>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.16.17)

Aero Linx: The Combat Helicopter Pilots Association (CHPA) The Combat Helicopter Pilots Association (CHPA) was incorporated as a Non-Profit, 501 (c) 19 veterans organization in Was>[...]

AMA Drone Report 10.12.17: NTSB--Drone v Blackhawk, City Drops Reg, DJI Privacy

Also: PassengerDrone, FAA Reauthorization Extension, UAS Pilot Certification, Workhorse Surefly The NTSB is now offering public details of the alleged collision between a hobby dro>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC