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Plane lands safely


January 23, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - Alaska Airlines Flight 64 safely touched down in Ketchikan Sunday evening after an emergency was declared just prior to landing at Ketchikan International Airport. According to initial reports, there was a problem with the plane's flaps. Ketchikan Fire Department had emergency crews standing by. North and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Departments were also called to stand by their stations.

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Chief Liepfert (sitting in truck) and other members of the Ketchikan Fire Department relax after the successful landing of Flight 64.
Photograph by Dave Hull

The flight was heading from Anchorage to Seattle Sunday when a mechanical emergency was declared after the plane departed from Petersburg, one of its several scheduled stops in Southeast Alaska.

The jet bypassed its next scheduled stop at Wrangell and proceeded to Ketchikan International Airport's longer runway. Ketchikan was also a scheduled stop.

An investigation is under way. There were no injuries reported.



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