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Small plane lands on beach, 5 aboard safe

Posted: June 25, 2012 - 3:27pm  |  Updated: June 26, 2012 - 12:00am

An Air Excursions plane on a scheduled flight from Juneau to Gustavus ran into trouble and made a safe emergency landing this morning, according to Air Excursions Director of Operations Mike Loverink.

The Piper PA 32 Cherokee-6 landed around 9:45 a.m. at Goose Point on Pleasant Island.

Loverink said Coastal Helicopters assisted with the evacuation operation, flying personnel to the scene.

“The pilot did an amazing job and landed on the beach,” said Loverink.

He said the five people from the plane were aboard a boat within 45 minutes of the landing, and they headed to Gustavus to be checked and cleared by emergency personnel.

Loverink said federal authorities were contacted promptly and have begun an investigation. He said it is too early to tell yet why the plane encountered problems.

Air Excursions is based in Gustavus.

According to its website is started scheduled service in this region in December 2009 from Juneau to Gustavus, Hoonah, Haines, Skagway and Kake.

Pleasant Island is an uninhabited island southeast of Gustavus and southwest of Excursion Inlet in Icy Strait.

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