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November 21, 2020 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

According to aviation blogger Sam Chui, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-700 has been damaged following a collision with a brown bear in Yakutat, Alaska.

While none of the passengers onboard were injured, sadly the bear was killed immediately on impact.

The incident occurred shortly before 18:30 local time, so the flight crew had limited visibility on the dark runway and a runway inspection ten minutes prior to flight AS66’s landing had shown no signs of wildlife.

However, the two pilots spotted the bear and its 2-year-old cub crossing the runway as the plane was slowing down after landing, with the Alaska Airlines statement saying, “The nose gear missed the bears, but the captain felt an impact on the left side after the bears passed under the plane”, adding the flight crew then noticed the deceased bear “lying about 20 feet off the center of the runway” while taxiing to the gate, according to an Alaska Airlines statement.

Fortunately, the cub was later found uninjured by airport officials.

The left engine cowl was damaged and the airline has said that the B737 will need to be repaired over the coming days and passengers flying out of Yakutat were flown to Anchorage on another Alaska Airlines aircraft, where they were subsequently rebooked on alternative flights.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones

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