New information has been released regarding a tragic 2011 airplane collision in Alaska. According to the surviving pilot, Kevin Earp, he and the other pilot were communicating on different frequencies, so each was unaware the other was nearby before the deadly crash.
Aboard the other plane was private pilot Corey Carlson, 41, his wife Hetty, 39, as well as their two young daughters, Ella, 5, and Adelaide, 3. All four died when their single-engine float plane crashed into Earp’s in 2011.
The information was included in a National Transportation Safety Board report, released this week, which highlighted some confusing and contradictory Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.
Carlson and Earp were using two different frequencies to communicate, but both of which were assigned by the FAA to the region—the overlap essentially caused the miscommunication and the crash.
“You know, somebody just didn't have two cups of coffee before they wrote that down,” Anchorage charter pilot Danny Davidson said Thursday. “They're going to cause more deaths if they don't fix it.”
Both pilots were heading for Amber Lake when they collided, but Earp’s plane only sustained minimal damage and he was able to fly back to Anchorage.
After the crash, a group was created by industry and government officials to fix the confusing guidelines for radio frequencies in the region. The group hopes to have significant changes in place within the year.