Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Kills Brown Bear while Landing

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-700 has been damaged following a collision with a brown bear in Yakutat, Alaska however the two-year old cub was luckily uninjured.

According to the details, the Boeing 737-700, registration N615AS landed in Yakutat, Alaska, from Cordova, Alaska, when pilots felt an impact on the left side of the plane as it touched down. None of the passengers onboard were injured, but the bear was killed immediately on impact.

Furthermore, the left engine cowl of the aircraft was also damaged due to which the airline cancelled the scheduled flights if the aircraft to Juneau and Seattle.

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“The nose gear missed the bears, but the captain felt an impact on the left side after the bears passed under the plane”

Alaska Airlines Statement

Staff from Alaska’s Department of Transport staff working at Yakutat airport had checked the runway ten minutes before the plane’s arrival and found no sign of any wildlife.

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However, the flight was due to land in the early evening, around 18:30 (local time), and so the area was dark, and the bear may not have been spotted.


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