No injuries after flightseeing plane lands on Parks Highway

Casey Grove
Sean Walklin

An airplane carrying seven people made an emergency landing Sunday night on the Parks Highway near Mile 125, south of the Chulitna River.

There were no injuries or damage when the plane, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver owned by Talkeetna Air Taxi, landed about 7:10 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

"It looked like he did a really admirable job of getting the thing down," NTSB investigator Brice Banning said.

Banning said the plane carried six passengers and the pilot. None were injured, he said. The cause of the engine problem remains unclear.

Talkeetna Air Taxi Director of Operations Paul Roderick identified the pilot as Alex Land. The plane was at about 4,000 feet when Land heard a strange sound coming from the plane's engine, about five minutes after taking off for a flight-seeing tour, Roderick said.

"He heard something and then decided to turn around and head back," Roderick said. "And he said the engine did quit, and he shut everything down at that point. He had the highway and there was no traffic so he decided to land."

"He did a great job," Roderick said. "It's just what we train to do. He did exactly what you should do, when there's a question on how the airplane's running."

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