• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 35s

Plane mechanic: Lucky to be alive

By Alexis Fernandez 6:43 AM January 8, 2014

Crew went into combat mode after plane lost power

ANCHORAGE – Arthur Racicot said he’s lucky to be alive.

He was the mechanic in the Cessna 172RG Cutlass that ended up on a snowy median on a busy East Anchorage street Tuesday afternoon.

Around 1 p.m., Racicot, a student and a flight instructor with Land & Sea Aviation Alaska took off from Merrill Field on a maintenance flight.

A short time later, something went wrong and the plane lost power. Racicot said that’s when the crew went into combat mode.

“When any high stress situation occurs, you always fall back on training, and you really concentrate on what’s going on…you really don’t see anything else, focusing on what’s happening right there to get you out of the situation,” Racicot said.

The pilot tried to land at Campbell Airstrip, but couldn’t, so the next option was Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, he said.

The crew then saw an open space along Boniface Parkway just south of Debarr Road.  At the last minute, the pilot decided to land the plane there and ended up on a snowy median across from Perry Drive, Racicot recalled.

“We had a pretty good pilot on board with us too — that actually landed the plane, did an excellent job not hitting any poles, or anything else,” he said.

The plane was intact, except for what appeared to be some damaged landing gear.

All three walked away without a scratch and then the reality of what had just happened started sinking in, he said.

“You get the whole picture. That’s when you start to calm down, the dangers over, and body takes back over,” he continued.

Despite the close call, Racicot finds humor in a landing that could have ended much differently.

“The biggest thing was we scared a car on the way down,” Racicot said in joking manner.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

Latest Stories

  • News

    How humpback whales are causing conflict in Southeast Alaska

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 26, 22:56

    Once hunted to the brink of extinction, the humpback whale is making a comeback. Researchers in southeast Alaska estimate the number of humpbacks has quadrupled in the last 20 years. However, that increase comes with a cost. Maeve O’Connell lives for data. The more she has, the more she understands what’s going on beneath the ocean. […]

  • Politics

    Many UAA students still undecided after first presidential debate

    by Liz Raines on Sep 26, 22:47

    More than 100 University of Alaska Anchorage students gathered Monday to watch the first debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. According to a poll by UAA’S debate team, 52 percent of the students — many of whom are first-time presidential voters — said they were supporting Clinton, while 15 percent were undecided. […]

  • News

    Anchorage has ‘AmbuBus’ ready for catastrophic disaster

    by Daniella Rivera on Sep 26, 21:00

    Anchorage has a project in the bus barn that could help you during the next mass emergency. The “AmbuBus,” or Medical Ambulance Bus, is an old People Mover bus the city converted to an ambulance that can transport patients by the dozen. “If there’s an earthquake, if there’s a lot of trauma in the community, the ambulance […]

  • News

    Troopers say K-9 death leaves agency with just 6 trained dogs

    by Lauren Maxwell on Sep 26, 20:46

    Alaska State Troopers said a K-9 that was shot and killed following a traffic stop early Sunday morning in Palmer is the first dog to die in the line of duty in the state. On Monday, troopers wore a black band over their badges in honor of the death. Troopers haven’t identified the dog or […]

  • News

    State worker accidently tweets about rape, Trump on DHSS account

    by Emily Carlson on Sep 26, 20:35

    We apologize, some recent tweets were inadvertently posted to our account by a DHSS staff member who was logged into the wrong account. — Alaska DHSS (@Alaska_DHSS) September 27, 2016   ANCHORAGE — The state Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is apologizing to Alaskans after one of their employees tweeted about rape and […]

  • Lifestyle

    9 out of 10 teens don’t get enough exercise

    by Amy Norton / Health Day / CBS on Sep 26, 20:17

    Over 90 percent of U.S. high school students don’t get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, and the pattern persists after they graduate, a new study finds. The researchers followed students at 44 high schools for four years, and found that only 9 percent met current exercise recommendations throughout that time. For the most part, those […]

  • Lifestyle

    Riding a roller coaster may help pass kidney stones

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 26, 18:58

    Hundreds of thousands of people head to the emergency room every year for painful kidney stones, but new research suggests some could find relief at Walt Disney World instead. After years of hearing patients mention that they passed a kidney stone while vacationing at amusement parks, Dr. David Wartinger, a professor emeritus at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, decided it was […]

  • News

    APD releases names of officers who fired guns during 42-hour standoff

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 26, 18:44

    The Anchorage Police Department has released the names of the six officers who fired their weapons during a standoff on Hillside that last more than 40 hours. The officers are Robert Wurst, Sgt. Steven Childers, Matthew Barth, Daniel Henegar, Jason Penman and Seth McMillan. “It was unknown during the time of the shooting whether any of the officers’ shots injured […]