Saturday, August 27, 2016

Incident occurred August 26, 2016 near Juneau International Airport (PAJN), Alaska

No fatalities were reported Friday evening after a Cessna commercial aircraft arriving from Hoonah landed in the wetlands, a few thousand feet east of the Juneau International Airport.

Carl Ramseth, general manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said after the incident he spoke with the pilot of the Alaska Seaplanes aircraft who made the “controlled emergency landing” with three passengers on board at around 6 p.m. The pilot told him that a power loss to the engine is what led to the incident.

“He concentrated on getting the plane safely on the ground” after the power was lost, Ramseth said in a phone interview Saturday.

Ramseth added that no one knows yet what caused the outage, but both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

All four people on board were able to walk to the airport landing strip from where the plane was, and Capital City Fire/Rescue and airport field personnel were immediately on hand to offer support, Ramseth said.

The aircraft was not damaged during the emergency landing and Ramseth said Coastal Helicopters helped Seaplanes take their aircraft back to their hangar.


A Cessna aircraft made a hard landing Friday evening in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, east of the Juneau International Airport runway.

Capital City Fire/Rescue Assistant Chief Ed Quinto said the plane was coming into Juneau from Hoonah when it lost power and made a forced landing about 2,000 feet from the end of the airport runway.

All four people aboard walked away with no injuries.

Quinto said airport maintenance workers were sent to remove the aircraft from the wetlands.


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