August 10th, 2010
05:46 PM ET

Weather poor at time of Alaska plane crash

Alaska is known for its rugged terrain, cold temperatures and terrible storms. Weather MAY have been a factor in the plane crash near Dillingham, Alaska, that took the life of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens and several others. It's too soon to know for sure and the NTSB is investigating.

Conditions at the time of the crash were rather poor. Visibility in the area was being reported by automatic sensing equipment at about 3 miles.

Fog and light rain were observed through the entire evening including at the time of the crash and the ceiling, or height of the clouds, was around 1,000 feet. Winds were moderate out of the south between 15 and 20mph.

The plane went down in rugged terrain in an area surrounded by mountains. Fog and mist are expected to continue in the area making it difficult for rescue and recovery efforts. Calmer and clearer conditions aren't expected until late Thursday.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    Served Alaskans for many years. Dedicated. Hard-working. Dam n, that airplane will be missed.

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