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With its vast swaths of wilderness, mountain ranges and often unpredictable weather, Alaska can be a treacherous air space for aviators.
“Aviation in Alaska, obviously, there are some challenges that maybe the rest of the Lower 48 doesn’t have,” NTSB regional chief Clint Johnson told Channel 2.
“Mountainous terrain, inclement weather conditions, both of those combined together make it much more challenging in Alaska.”
Pilots are required under state statute to carry a minimum amount of survival gear, but many will opt to carry more equipment and rations just in case. Shane Langland is the president of Eagle Enterprises, a business that, among other things, provides pilots with some of this crucial equipment.