PLANE strikes brown bear while landing in Alaska
An Alaska Airlines flight hit a brown bear while landing at the Yakutat Airport in southeast Alaska at 6:30pm on Saturday. None of the passengers or crew were injured but the bear was killed and some damage was caused to the jetliner.
Although airport crew had cleared the runway ten minutes before landing, the pilot spotted two bears crossing the runway right before he touched down. A bear cub escaped uninjured.
“The nose gear missed the bears, but the captain felt an impact on the left side after the bears passed under the plane,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement.
The left engine cowling of the jet was damaged, and the plane remained in Yakutat on Sunday.
“Our maintenance technicians are working to repair the plane, which will take a couple of days,” Alaska Airlines said.
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