Azrael Franz, a Maryland aviation law firm has followed developments of the de Havilland DHC3 “Otter” crash of July 7, 2013 in Soldotna, Alaska that tragically took the lives of all 10 people on board. Early indications are that the aircraft, one of 466 built by the Canadian de Havilland corporation during the 1950s and 1960s crashed soon after take-off and was totally engulfed in flames when emergency personnel arrived. The NTSB has sent a “go team” to the site to gather evidence and begin their investigation into the cause of the failures that occurred.

The DHC3 aircraft has had a relatively good history and is regarded as a workhorse for the short distance air taxi needs often desired in Alaska for travel that would otherwise be difficult on ground. In August, 2010 another DHC3 crashed in Alaska taking the lives of 5 people on board including former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

Azrael Franz extends its condolences to the families of all those who have been affected by this tragic event. We are available to assist families seeking answers to how and why this crash occurred and vigorously pursue remedies to hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable for their actions.