July 8, 2013 - On Sunday at 11: 20 AM a 1958, de
Havilland DHC-3 Otter, N93PC, operated by
Rediske Air crashed killing all 10 onboard. The
air taxi crashed at Soldotna Airport in
Soldotna, Alaska, 75 miles southwest of
Anchorage. The aircraft became engulfed in
flames before firefighters could get to it.
The National Transportation Safety Board
investigator Clint Johnson said "We do have 10
fatalities, unfortunately, nine passengers, and
one pilot". The instrument rated pilot has been
identified as 42 year old Walter William Rediske
who is also the owner of the company.
Late Sunday all 10 bodies were recovered and
taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in
Anchorage for autopsies and positive
identifications. It was reported the crashed
occurred as de Havilland Otter was taking off.
At the time of the accident there was light
winds and cloudy.