- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) - A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board found that the two pilots involved in a midair plane crash at the Talkeetna Airport were transmitting their positions on the same radio frequency.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports (http://bit.ly/1F3KP9D ) that there are many private airstrips and small airports in the Mat-Su that are not manned by air-traffic controllers, making radio frequencies the main form of communication for pilots.

According to the report, both airplanes could be heard transmitting position reports on the same traffic advisory frequency.

Cole Hagge left Palmer Airport in a Cessna 172 May 31 without a flight plan indicating his route. He hit a Cessna 184 about 100 feet above a runway in Talkeetna. Hagge received non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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