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Troopers: Pilot unhurt after Seabee plane makes emergency landing on Parks Highway

A single-engine Seabee aircraft made an emergency landing on the Parks Highway near Talkeetna on Sunday evening, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The pilot was the only person in the plane and wasn’t hurt, according to a troopers spokesperson.

Troopers in an online dispatch said they got a call around 6:20 p.m. about a plane that landed on the highway near Mile 95. Troopers arrived to find the plane in the ditch on the north side of the highway.

The pilot said they lost power and had to make an emergency landing, troopers said. The plane struck an overhead power line on the way down.

Responders from Talkeetna Fire Department secured the downed lines and the plane was moved out of the way. Traffic was not blocked during the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident, according to the agency’s Alaska chief, Clint Johnson.

The Seabee is an amphibious aircraft first produced during World War II and described as a “chubby little seaplane” tough enough to operate from both dirt air strips and rough water by Air and Space Magazine.

There aren’t many in Alaska, Johnson said.


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