Fri, Jul 15, 2011
Both Damaged Airplanes Land Safely
It's one of those rare times when the news of a mid-air
collision does not include the words "serious" or "fatal" injury.
And perhaps even more rare because the airplanes touched in a
remote area of Alaska.
Piper Navajo File Photo
A Piper Navajo with a pilot and eight passengers on board was
flying through Lake Clark Pass in Alaska on Sunday when it collided
with a Cessna 206 floatplane at about 2,300 feet. The vertical
stabilizer of the Navajo was slightly damaged, as was one of the
floats on the Cessna, which had four people on board. Both aircraft
landed safely in Anchorage, and no one was injured.
The Seattle Times reports that one of the passengers aboard the
Navajo, Karen Smith of Issaquah, WA, said that she heard a loud
bang, and the airplane shuddered. One of the other passengers
shouted that they had hit an eagle, but it turned out to be
something much bigger.
The pilot asked Smith's husband Matt to inform the other
passengers that they would be making an emergency landing. The
pilot did not inform the passengers that there had been a mid-air
collision until after they had landed and could see the damage to
the vertical stab.
Cessna 206 Floatplane File Photo
FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said that "The odds of a midair
collision are very much against you. Even coming in contact, I
can't believe there was so little damage."
Neither pilot reportedly saw the other aircraft before the
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