Emergency landing on tundra as smooth as runway

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 12:37 PM

An air taxi with eight people aboard made an emergency landing on tundra when the engine failed near Alaska's Bering Sea coast.

Passengers told The Anchorage Daily News the Yute Air pilot remained calm on the flight from Bethel to Kipnuk, and the landing Wednesday was so smooth it could have been on a runway. No one was injured.

Rescuers on snowmachines from the village of Tuntutuliak arrived in less than four hours with blankets and hot tea and took everyone to safety.

A Yute Air official said the Cessna 207 had plenty of fuel, but the engine seized.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com