Cases

Alaska Rediske Air Charter Plane Crash

  • Location: Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska
  • Date: July 7, 2013
  • Aircraft: Single-engine DeHavilland Canada DHC-3 Otter

Motley Rice aviation attorneys represent families of victims involved in a tragic private charter plane crash that occurred in Soldotna, Alaska, shortly before noon on July 7, 2013. The plane, a small-engine DeHavilland Canada DHC-3 Otter, had just taken off on its way to Bear Mountain Lodge in Chinitna Bay, Alaska, when it crashed into the runway and caught on fire, killing all nine passengers–two families from South Carolina and the pilot, who was co-owner of Rediske Air.

Shortly after the crash occurred, Motley Rice attorneys and investigators were onsite, investigating the crash scene.

As with many small planes, the Otter was not equipped with a flight data recorder, which presents challenges to the investigation into the cause of the crash. While the official cause of the accident has yet to be determined, Motley Rice aviation attorneys and investigators continue to review facts and circumstances surrounding the crash.

Read Mary Schiavo’s blog post, “Facts, rights and obligations . . . reminders for coping with aviation disasters.” 

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