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2 survive emergency plane landing near Goose Bay

One person was hospitalized after a small plane emergency landing near Goose Bay Airport Monday evening.
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 12:40 PM AKDT
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POINT MACKENZIE, Alaska (KTUU) - One person was hospitalized after a small plane emergency landing near Goose Bay Airport Monday evening.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the plane “overturned” in the mudflats just east of the airport, located across Knik Arm from Eagle River.

The two occupants of the plane survived and were able to get out of the plane and start walking to the shore, but the 87-year-old passenger — who is a certified flight instructor — had to be rescued with a rope hoist by the Central Mat-Su Fire Department, which was first to respond. The 33-year-old pilot was able to make it to a landing near the airport with the help of good Samaritans, troopers said and did not need medical help.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Clint Johnson said that the flight instructor was taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

“There was a Taylorcraft F-19, which is a small two place airplane, made an emergency landing or actually a forced landing in the area of Goose Bay in the in the runway over there,” Johnson said. “My understanding is at this point right now that they were practicing — this was an instructional flight. They did experience a loss of engine power, made an emergency landing or forced landing to the mudflats. Unfortunately, during rollout, the airplane flipped over on its back.”

Johnson said that the tide had washed the plane out into Cook Inlet.

“Just wanted to let everybody know that we are aware it’s there,” Johnson said. “We’d love to be able to get it back. But the likelihood of that is pretty slim.”

Editor’s note: This article has been clarified to reflect that Alaska State Troopers called the incident a “plane crash” in a dispatch. However, the National Transportation Safety Board later clarified the plane made an emergency landing.

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