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Weather causes prolonged flight delays for Kodiak airport

By KTVA CBS 11 News 10:03 PM November 13, 2014

A stretch of wild weather canceled a number of flights to Kodiak and left passengers stranded for days this week.

Thursday, the Kodiak Airport was filled with people hoping to catch a flight off the island. Ravn flight 886 was the first plane to land in nearly three days: While it left Anchorage for Kodiak around 7:30 a.m., it was diverted to Homer for several hours because of high winds and poor visibility.

Residents said they’re used to the unpredictability, but one crew filming a hunting show for the Outdoor Channel said trying to deal with all the changes was a frustrating experience.

“Undoubtedly the craziest flight experience in my whole entire life,” said Pat Reeve, a host and producer for Driven TV. “We’ve tried to get to Kodiak for the past three days, and we’ve actually flown here three different times, circled the airport and then went back to either Anchorage or … Homer.”

Local car rental companies said a number of people gave up on trying to catch a flight and opted to take the ferry instead.

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