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    2 survive plane crash between villages in Southwest Alaska

    by KTVA / AP on Jan 17, 7:57

    Last updated at 1:39 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 Two people in a small airplane survived a crash between southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night. Investigators say the airplane left Dillingham on a flight to Port Heiden but landed in Pilot Point […]

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    Delta flight makes unexpected landing in Cold Bay, FAA points to engine trouble

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 15, 14:01

    Last updated at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 ANCHORAGE — A Delta Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Cold Bay Saturday morning after experiencing what an aviation official described as engine trouble. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer confirmed the flight’s detour, but couldn’t elaborate further about what was wrong with the plane. […]

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    Alaska airlines says de-icer sickened flight attendants

    by Associated Press on Jan 13, 8:57

    The Latest on white powder that sickened airline attendants (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Alaska Airlines confirms that a nontoxic de-icer caused attendants to fall ill, triggering a hazardous material response when the flight landed in San Jose, California. The airline says two flight attendants on a plane that landed before 7 p.m. Thursday reported […]

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    Next stop, Havana. Alaska Airlines begins flights to Cuba.

    by Jessica Stugelmayer on Jan 05, 12:03

    While the borders to the small island nation near Florida have been open for commercial flights since February 2016, the inaugural Alaska Airlines flight took off from Los Angeles to Cuba Thursday morning. Flags for @AlaskaAir 1st flight to #Havana from @flyLAXairport pic.twitter.com/tO1XjUU3A3 — Harriet Baskas (@StuckatAirport) January 5, 2017 Passengers on the Boeing 737 […]

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    New overtime fees considered for rural Alaska airlines

    by Associated Press on Dec 24, 11:05

    State officials are looking to start charging airlines for landing their planes at rural Alaska airports outside regular operating hours. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is working with airlines to create an overtime fee that could be implemented next year. Fairbanks International Airport and Ted Stevens Anchorage International […]

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    2 Alaska Airlines flights hit by lightning in Alaska

    by Associated Press on Dec 20, 10:53

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Two Alaska Airlines flights were struck by lightning Monday, causing them to be removed from service so they could be inspected for any damage. The Juneau Empire reports the first strike occurred as a plane from Juneau prepared to land in Sitka. The second strike occurred on a flight from Anchorage […]

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    Preliminary report: Soldiers found former lawmaker after fatal crash

    by Megan Edge on Dec 20, 9:24

    Former state representative Mike Kelly was the pilot and only person onboard a plane that crashed miles away from Fairbanks in early December. A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sheds light on the events that led up to the fatal incident. According to the report, in the morning of Dec. […]

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    NTSB: Plane carrying Port Alsworth family ‘sunk’ in Lake Clark

    by Megan Edge on Dec 20, 8:25

    The four people onboard a small aircraft traveling from a rural southwest Alaska community, inside of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, bound for Anchorage remain missing, along with the Piper PA-28-180 airplane they were traveling in. A preliminary report written by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says the aircraft is believed “to have sunk in […]

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    Helicopter crashes in Hatcher Pass during training flight

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 18, 15:37

    Last Updated at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 Authorities with the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the State Park Rangers responded to the report of a downed helicopter Sunday in the Hatcher Pass area. Crews were notified of the incident around shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, according to a release from troopers. The Robinson […]

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    Here’s what travelers can expect from the Alaska Airlines, Virgin America merger

    by Jessica Stugelmayer on Dec 14, 6:26

    Two U.S. companies have finally sealed the deal — Alaska Airlines and Virgin America will celebrate a merger months in the making. In a blog post Wednesday, Alaska Air Group Inc. announced it has closed its acquisition of Virgin America, the crescendo of a multibillion-dollar agreement that was announced in April 2016. “Alaska Airlines and […]

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    National Park Service: Parts of missing plane bound for Anchorage recovered in lake

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 09, 18:43

    Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 Parts of the missing plane were recovered Friday, according to Lake Clark National Park and Preserve chief of interpretation, Megan Richotte. Richotte said three wheels and a co-pilot seat were found in Upper Lake Clark, near where the family’s luggage was found and about 11 miles […]

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    Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn of Ohio has died at 95

    by Seth Borenstein / AP on Dec 08, 12:00

    Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95. Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. Glenn was […]

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    Former state representative Mike Kelly killed in plane crash near Fairbanks

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Dec 07, 16:28

    Last Updated at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has ordered all flags lowered to half-staff Thursday, to honor former state lawmaker Mike Kelly, who died in a plane crash Wednesday. In a Thursday morning release, Walker stated, “We lost a great Alaskan, wholly committed to his family and his community.” On […]

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    Alaska Airlines gets US approval to buy Virgin America

    by Associated Press on Dec 06, 11:41

    Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines. Parent company Alaska Air Group Inc. said Tuesday that it expects to close the $2.6 billion deal soon. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit and settlement agreement in federal district court in Washington. Seattle-based […]

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    Weather likely a factor in death of experienced pilot near Lake Clark

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 10, 15:40

    Preliminary results from an investigation into the crash that killed a bush pilot near Lake Clark in late October suggest weather and low visibility as probable causes, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB). Crews spent nearly a week searching for 55-year-old David McRae and his red, white and blue Fairchild Pilatus Porter […]

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    Body of missing pilot recovered from Alaska Range

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Nov 03, 17:02

    The body and wreckage of a missing Alaska bush pilot and his plane were located Thursday morning in the Alaska Range, according to the Alaska National Guard. In a release from the Guard, spokesperson Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead wrote that the body of David McRae, 55, was recovered and sent to the State Medical Examiner’s […]

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    American Airlines flight from Shanghai to Chicago makes emergency landing in Cold Bay

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 12, 14:20

    Last updated at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 ANCHORAGE — Passengers from American Airlines Flight 288, which was unexpectedly diverted to Cold Bay, Alaska Wednesday morning during a scheduled flight from Shanghai to Chicago, are finally headed to their destination. They arrived in Anchorage Wednesday evening aboard an Alaska Airlines 737 and were given hotel […]

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    Alaska Airlines, Delta offer assistance to travelers affected by Hurricane Matthew

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 07, 16:06

    As Hurricane Matthew continues to push through southern states, two airlines serving Alaska have announced efforts to help passengers with flights to, from or through the affected region. Alaska Airlines stated on its website that passengers hoping to change, cancel or postpone their flights through Friday, Oct. 7, for Charleston, South Carolina, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, […]

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    Pilot survives plane crash in Wasilla

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 16, 12:38

    Last updated at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 A pilot survived a plane crash in Wasilla with injuries that are not considered life-threatening by local officials. In an online dispatch, Alaska State Troopers identified the pilot of the plane as 34-year-old Jeffrey Tuttle, of Palmer. Tuttle survived with serious injuries, troopers said, and told […]

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    VIDEO: Three seriously injured in plane crash near Kodiak

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 09, 18:05

    Video courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Last updated at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 ANCHORAGE — Three people on board a De Havilland Beaver floatplane were seriously injured in a crash Friday near Kodiak, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesperson Clint Johnson. Johnson said the plane crashed around 11:30 a.m. in the Uganik […]