Alaska Airlines jet grounded in Kodiak

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009

KODIAK - An Alaska Airlines jet has been grounded to check for damage after its pilots maxed out the engines trying to get it stopped on an extremely icy runway.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Caroline Boren tells radio station KXMT the flight crew found the runway far slipperier on Tuesday than the airport had led them to expect.

Boren says the pilots were able to get the plane stopped by the time they reached the end of runway 36 by using maximum power on the engines' reverse thrusters. The runway ends on the bank of the Buskin River.

The plane, a 737-400 with 34 passengers and five crew members aboard, taxied under its own power to the terminal. There were no reported injuries.

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