Only in Alaska: Lake Hood runway blocked by plane, then roaming moose
Lake Hood Seaplane Base staff were kept busy Monday afternoon on a runway when first a plane and then a moose blocked part of the runway. The runway was temporarily shutdown while staff dealt with both incidents.
A Helio H-250 aircraft attempting to make a three-point landing had a hard touchdown when the landing gear gave out, according to mechanic Paul Erickson who witnessed the incident.
“It was a perfect three point landing, the landing gear just failed,” Erickson said.
Erickson said the pilot of the plane was Chris Branham. Federal Aviation Administration aircraft registration records list Branham as the owner of the plane, based on its tail number.
No one was injured, according to Erickson.
While crews were working to clear the plane from the runway, a moose wandered out onto the airstrip, leading to its shutdown for safety reasons.
KTVA 11’s Nick Swann contributed to this report.
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