Small plane sinks in Saginaw Channel after emergency landing

A small plane sank in 450 feet of water 16 miles northwest of Juneau Sunday morning after its engine failed and the pilot tried unsuccessfully to make it back to a beach. All aboard were uninjured and declined medical care.

At 10:13 a.m. Alaska State Troopers received a report of an aircraft emergency landing into Saginaw Channel. The Piper PA-16’s engine failed shortly after takeoff from the beach in Handtrollers Cove. The pilot was able to turn the aircraft back towards the beach but it landed in the water and overturned. Two adult men and a dog were got out before the plane sank. A Good Samaritan on a personal fishing vessel noticed the men in the water yelling for help and took them ashore, where Troopers said they were reunited with other members of their party.

The United States Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the investigation, which is ongoing. No names were released.


Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:41

This Day in Juneau History: Jan. 22, 1987

On Jan. 22, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper prepared to discuss the final part of his fiscal plan: budget cuts. The total amount suggested to be cut by his temporary cabinet was $300 million, which tore funding from a variety of different programs. However, although what propositions Cowper accepted were still a mystery, Press Secretary David Ramseur confirmed that the cuts he did accept totaled at about $200 million. Cowper was to give a speech directly to the Alaska Legislature discussing the specifics of his recommended cuts.

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Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:40

Fire calls for Jan. 22, 2017

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. Anyone with information about a crime can report a tip anonymously to

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Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:40

Man caught with 3 pounds of meth on Southeast Alaska-bound ferry sentenced to 20 months

A 21-year-old man who was caught transporting three pounds of methamphetamine — reportedly the largest seizure in Southeast Alaska in at least 10 years— on the ferry between Bellingham and Ketchikan last May was “a patsy, plan and simple,” his defense attorney argued.

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