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Video: A smooth landing for FedEx jet at Merrill Field

A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program skirts the Chugach Mountains as it turns to make a flyby over Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program accelerates out of a flyby before making a final approach to Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program passes the Hilton Anchorage Hotel en route to Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
A FedEx 727 made a couple of fly-bys, then landed at Merrill Field February 26, 2013.
Anne Raup
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program skirts the Chugach Mountains as it turns to make a flyby over Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program kicks up snow as it accelerates out of a flyby before circling back for final approach to Merrill Field as crowds gathered for the spectacle watchTuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A FedEx 727 made a couple of fly-bys, then landed at Merrill Field February 26, 2013.
Anne Raup
David Hulen / Anchorage Daily News A FedEx 727 made a couple of fly-bys, then landed at Merrill Field February 26, 2013.
David Hulen
Viewers atop the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel get a good view as a Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program arrives at Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program arrives at Merrill Field as a military helicopter hovers near the Chugach Mountains Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program accelerates out of a flyby before final approach to Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
David Hulen / Anchorage Daily News A FedEx 727 made a couple of fly-bys, then landed at Merrill Field February 26, 2013.
David Hulen
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program touches down at Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program transits from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 downtown.
Erik Hill
A helicopter hovers above the scene as a Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program arrives at Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program skirts the Chugach Mountains as it turns to make a flyby over Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage.
Erik Hill
A crowd gathered on a snow berm gets a good view of a Boeing 727 donated by FedEx to the UAA aircraft maintenance program after it arrives at Merrill Field Tuesday afternoon Feb. 26, 2013 in east Anchorage. The plane was turned around and delivered to UAA at the east end of the field.
Erik Hill
A FedEx 727 made a couple of fly-bys, then landed at Merrill Field February 26, 2013.
Anne Raup
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News A Boeing 727 approaches the runway at Merrill Field in Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. FedEx is donating the aircraft to the University of Alaska Anchorage aircraft maintenance program and it will stay on the ground at Merrill Field. Landing the aircraft on a 4,000-foot runway presented challenges, the flight crew said. It normally requires a 6,000-foot runway. "It was a situation were everything had to be correct," said first officer John Baines. "The runway surface had to be in a proper condition. The wind had to be right." Captain Timothy Powell said they planned to make a couple passes before landing the plane. "I wanted to touch the aircraft down right on the numbers," Powell said. "I was very pleased with that." UAA Aviation Technology director Rocky Capozzi said the plane will be used to train maintenance students.
Marc Lester

A Boeing 727 approaches the runway at Merrill Field in Anchorage on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. FedEx is donating the aircraft to the UAA's aircraft maintenance program and it will stay on the ground at Merrill Field. Landing the aircraft on a 4,000-foot runway presented challenges, the flight crew says. "It was a situation were everything had to be correct," said first officer John Baines. "The runway surface had to be in a proper condition. The wind had to be right." Captain Timothy Powell said they planned to make a couple passes before landing the plane. "I wanted to touch the aircraft down right on the numbers," Powell said. "I was very pleased with that." UAA Aviation Technology director Rocky Capozzi says the plane will be used to train maintenance students.

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