Wreckage of Jet Removed From
Power expected to be restored
By Marie L. Monyak
January 27, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - By Thursday
night, Ketchikan Public Utilities (KPU) had still not turned
the utilities back on at the Martin Street Mobile Home Park,
the scene of a fatal jet crash and mobile home fire. According
to Dave Martin, the incident Public Information Officer (PIO),
KPU was expected to have the power restored by Thursday afternoon
and the six displaced families returned to their dwellings.
The best of plans always have a tendency to go awry. In this
case, waiting on the US Air Force EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
has changed the timetable by at least one day based on information
obtained from Rich Leipfert, Ketchikan's Director of Public Safety.
At a press conference on Thursday morning , Martin introduced
Scott Erickson of the National Transportation Safety Board of
Anchorage (NTSB) who arrived in Ketchikan on Wednesday evening
to assume control of the crash site and begin the investigation.
The aft ejection seat.
Official say both ejections seats have residual charges, explosive
rockets, and will need to be rendered safe by EOD. The US Air
Force Ordnance team is expected to detonate the remaining explosives
attached to the two ejection seats which are still located on
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak ©2006
Erickson said, "We are just opening the documentation and
beginning the preliminary investigation." When asked about
the crash site, Erickson stated, "Both ejections seats have
residual charges, explosive rockets. These need to be rendered
safe by EOD."
When asked if the jet was equipped with a flight recorder, Erickson
replied, "There was no flight recorder to my knowledge."
"All we know so far is that the pilot [Stephen Freeman]
indicated he would circle to land on runway 29."
Martin did add that the NTSB had requested FBI assistance with
the investigation as they have an excellent evidence documentation
The wreckage of the
jet plane was removed from the crash site
Thursday afternoon by NTSB for investigation.
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak ©2006
As the Public Information Officer (PIO), Martin was able to update
the media on several statistics. One mobile home was destroyed
by impact and fire and another was damaged by debris. Due to
privacy requirements, names of the owners of the mobiles homes
are not being released by City officials. Several vehicles were
Martin said, "Contrary to earlier reports, there were a
total of six people injured. Three of those were transported
to Ketchikan General Hospital by EMS crews and the other three
relied on self transport. Condition of the injured parties will
not be released due to privacy issues.
Later in the day, at approximately 3:30 PM, the wreckage of the
jet plane was removed from the crash site by NTSB for investigation.
It is believed that the US Air Force Ordnance team will arrive
in Ketchikan sometime Friday morning to detonate the remaining
explosives attached to the two ejection seats which are still
located on Martin Street.
Once the US Air Force Ordnance team's mission is completed, KPU
should be able to restore full power to the mobile home park
and the residents will be allowed to return according to officials.
Crashes In Ketchikan, Pilot Killed By MARIE L. MONYAK - A
Czechoslovakian made, but American owned, L-39 MS Jet crashed
in Ketchikan on a snowy Wednesday afternoon killing the pilot.
The jet crashed at approximately 12:50 PM into a wooded hill
where Martin Street ends, adjacent to the A&P grocery store
and a small mobile home park. - More...
January 26, 2006
Marie L. Monyak is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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