Alaska Air Crash Investigation

NPR's Mary Ann Akers reports from Port Hueneme, California on the investigation into the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the California coast on Monday. Federal investigators say that, based on radio transmissions, the pilots struggled for several minutes to overcome an apparent malfunction in the horizontal stabilizer, as the aircraft descended from 26,000 to 17,000 feet. An eyewitness on the ground said the MD 83 plunged nose first into the ocean and disappeared. All 88 people aboard are presumed dead.

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