Fifth person dies from injuries sustained in Nuiqsut crash

Posted: Monday, September 25, 2000

BARROW (AP) -- A fifth person has died from injuries sustained in the crash of a plane at Nuiqsut last Monday, North Slope Borough Police said.

Mark Reardon of Wasilla died Sunday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He had been in critical condition with severe burns.

The twin-engine Piper Navajo, operated by Cape Smythe Air of Barrow, crashed with 10 people aboard. The plane went down after the pilot apparently attempted a landing without lowering the landing gear. After the Piper scraped ground, it began climbing again, and the wheels dropped, witnesses said. But the plane banked sharply left and dove into the tundra near the runway.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are still investigating the cause of the crash.

The crash was the fifth mishap involving a Cape Smythe aircraft in less than a year. It is the only one that was fatal.

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