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    Airplane lands without landing gear at Aleutians airport

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 8:34

    UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) – Three people escaped injury when a commercial airplane landed without landing gear at an airport on the Aleutian Islands. Alaska State Troopers say the Grant Aviation flight landed Tuesday in Unalaska with a pilot and two passengers. The Super King Air 8200 was returning after a flight to Akun (ah-KOON) Island. […]

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    Troopers: Pilot injured in plane crash on the Kenai River

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 08, 19:05

    Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 Alaska State Troopers say a Sterling pilot was injured but survived a plane crash on the Kenai River Wednesday. Troopers, Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Parks personnel responded to the crash scene near Sterling just before 3 p.m., according to an online trooper dispatch. A […]

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    Delta offers change fee waiver for customers affected by computer outage, delays

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 30, 22:01

    Following a systemwide outage Sunday, Delta Airlines is working on getting their customers to their destinations. The outage, which began around 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, led to delays for a number of flights in the U.S., according to a company statement. Roughly 170 flights were canceled by Sunday night, followed by another 110 on Monday. Other […]

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    US Coast Guard: Missing plane found 24 hours later with all 3 occupants alive

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 29, 21:43

    Last updated at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31 The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center has confirmed that a missing Cessna bound for the Kenai Peninsula was found Monday. All aboard were alive when rescuers found them, a spokesman confirmed. The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted for assistance with the search on Monday, according to USCG Petty […]

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    Delta computers experience systemwide outage, departing flights delayed

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 29, 16:14

    Last updated at 4:26 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 A Delta Airlines representative confirmed that the company’s computers were malfunctioning Saturday afternoon. On the company’s website, an alert was issued saying all departing flights would be delayed as a result of the systemwide failure. “Departing flights delayed. We are working quickly to resolve a systemwide […]

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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 […]