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Mourning our losses

Posted: July 11, 2013 - 2:45pm  |  Updated: July 11, 2013 - 3:26pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the plane crash that took the lives of 10 people Sunday at the Soldotna airport.

First and foremost, our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who perished in this tragedy. By all accounts, everyone aboard the plane was a remarkable person, each in his or her own right.

Willy Rediske was known in the community as an excellent pilot who took very good care of his equipment. He had a reputation as a true professional in his line of work.

A memorial service and pot luck for Willy Rediske will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the hangar in Nikiski.

Likewise, the McManus and Antonakos families were well respected in their hometown of Greenville, S.C. — upstanding professionals, top students, active in their church and community. According to The Associated Press, memorial services are planned for the families today at their church in Greenville.

Our thoughts also are with the emergency response professionals, those who first responded to the crash, and those now tasked with piecing together the cause.

It is human nature to want to know why something happens, particularly when a tragedy claims so many lives. There is already plenty of speculation as to what might have gone wrong; we hope investigators are able to glean an explanation from the wreckage left behind. We hope that whatever is learned from this accident will help prevent an accident in the future.

Alaska is a beautiful place. Its ruggedness beckons to people like Willy Rediske, who find opportunity in its remoteness, and to visitors like the McManus and Antonakos families, here for an adventure. But the same things that make Alaska beautiful also make it dangerous, and sometimes, even with the most thorough of preparations, the worst comes to pass and all we can do is mourn our loss.

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spwright 07/13/13 - 10:04 am

Well Said Peninsula Clarion Well Said.
May They Rest In Peace.

I did notice a 777 Crash in SFO & only 3 Casualites 24/7 News coverage for days afterwards. Alaska not so much.

10 Casualities in a Plane Crash in Alaska barely a mention in the national news. Local News yes, national news hardly a mention. SPW

Luvflyfishing 07/13/13 - 12:16 pm

There was news about the crash nation wide. I have friends in Canada that called me about it. Agreed, that it did not get the attention that the larger crashes received. But, then, I believe we can all agree that it
Has touched the entire state of Alaska

Alaskans are close knit people. Everyone on the peninsula is mourning this great loss. Willy was a very close friend with my family.
His personality and flying made him close to many all over Alaska.
He was a great pilot.
This was a very good article written in the Clarion. It showed Willy the honor and respect that he deserves.
May God comfort all of his family and friends as well as the families in South Carolina.
Alaska has lost one of its best

spwright 07/13/13 - 12:43 pm
Luvflyfishing Sat 7/13/13 I

Luvflyfishing Sat 7/13/13
I only meet WILLIE one time many years ago when I was delivering Concrete to Nikiski. We both were young Men at that time. Willie made the Time to Shake My Hand & a sincere Thank You. I will always remember that Hand Shake from a Honorable Man.

I am sincerely Sorry for Your Loss of a Great Friend. May He Rest In Peace.

SPW in Soldotna "Airborne"

Luvflyfishing 07/13/13 - 01:04 pm
Thank you


Thank you very much for the kind words
It is so thoughtful of you.

I am happy you got to meet him.

Our family flew many years with Willy's dad at Ridiske
When his dad passed away, Willy and his sister
Kept the business going.

He always had a smile on his face and was happy
to see us the many many times he would fly us
Across the cook inlet.
He has left behind a beautiful family and uncountable

I know the dangers of flying in Alaska but one never
believes it will happen to one so close to us.

I would like to give honor and praise to his pilots and
Workers at the Nikiski office and hangar.
Even in their deepest grief, they have carried on the
business as always.
God Bless You!!

northernlights 07/13/13 - 06:12 pm
God Bless

I truly thank God for his swift comfort and strength for each family member and friend. It hurts to lose someone. This was a well said article, thank you to the Clarion.

AKtoAZ 07/22/13 - 09:21 am

Thank you Willie for always getting my dad to and from work safely for years! We will miss you!!!

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