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Small plane that crashed in rural Alaska, killing 2, apparently struck tree, official says


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An official says a small plane that crashed in Alaska last month, killing two, apparently struck a tree during takeoff from a rural airstrip. Clint Johnson, with the National Transportation Safety Board, says the apparent strike of a large snag rendered the left horizontal stabilizer inoperative and says the plane crashed shortly after that. The agency on Tuesday released a preliminary report on the crash that killed pilot Jim Tweto, of Alaska, and Shane Reynolds, of Idaho. Tweto’s family-run rural aviation business was featured in three seasons of the Discovery Channel’s “Flying Wild Alaska” series. Reynolds was a hunting guide.

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