Unalaska mayor declares local emergency after deadly plane crash
The mayor of Unalaska has signed a declaration of emergency for the city, citing the lack of regularly scheduled flights after a plane crash that killed a passenger almost two weeks ago.
In the aftermath of the crash, Alaska Airlines and PenAir suspended service between Anchorage and Unalaska. At least two airlines have stepped up to offer flights in and out of Dutch Harbor in an effort to help those stranded in the community, but these schedules are only temporary.
The emergency declaration allows the city manager to "take any and all action necessary to alleviate the impact of the absence of regularly scheduled commercial air service to and from Unalaska on city residents."
Unalaska has been without regularly scheduled commercial flights since the Oct. 17 crash and there is no date set for those flights to resume. The declaration states it's likely the city will be without regularly scheduled commercial flights through the first week of November.
According to the declaration, "locally available private resources available to mitigate and alleviate the effects of the [crash] are not sufficient to meet the immediate needs of residents and business owners for travel to and from Unalaska including travel critical for medical needs of city residents."
By signing the declaration, the mayor has authorized the spending of municipal funds on an emergency basis as needed to help the community while flights are suspended. This, according to the declaration, includes taking whatever action necessary to make no more than two charter flights a week available to and from the city.
The declaration is good for seven days or until regularly scheduled commercial flights resume, whichever comes first. However, the city council is able to extend this.
The Unalaska City Council will be meeting Tuesday evening. On the agenda is the consideration of the emergency proclamation and a work session to discuss potential city involvement in air travel to and from Unalaska.
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