N.T.S.B. investigating why 1 of 2 planes carrying family crashed

Published: Dec. 9, 2016 at 3:16 PM AKST
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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says a family left Port Alsworth in two planes, but only one arrived in Anchorage.

A single-engine Piper-PA 28 Cherokee, carrying pilot Kyle Longerbeam, 25, Scott Blom, 45, and his two children, 13-year old Zach Blom and 14-year old Kaitlyn Blom, crashed into Lake Clark, Wednesday.

NTSB Chief of Alaska Regional office, Clint Johnson, says that at this point it is not clear why the family was traveling in two separate planes.

"We just don't know at this point, but again those details will become a little more in focus here as the investigation continues," says Johnson.

The NTSB was assigned the investigation on Thursday night, when search crews identified debris from what's believed to be the crash. Johnson is asking for any pilots, who may have been flying in the area Wednesday, to contact NTSB.

One NTSB investigator was sent to work alongside National Park Service locating the crash site Friday.