The National Transportation Safety Board released a brief preliminary report Friday on a sudden 5,000-foot dive by an Era Alaska flight from Anchorage to Homer last week with about a dozen people on board.
In the report, investigators say Flight 874 on board a De Havilland DHC-8 or “Dash-8,” a popular twin-engine commuter turboprop, “experienced an uncommanded left roll and uncontrolled descent during climb at 12,000 feet” at about 11 a.m. on Sept. 5.
The flight crew was able to regain control of the aircraft at about 7,000 feet, and made an emergency landing at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. No injuries were reported among the 12 passengers and three crew members on board.
NTSB spokesperson Clint Johnson said Friday the report was written by investigators in Washington D.C., who had previously requested the aircraft’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders.
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