Flight allowed for blood samples

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2001

ANCHORAGE -- Some of the only aircraft to fly in Alaska on Wednesday were military jets. Air Force pilots flew over Anchorage, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal in Valdez, and other locations deemed critical installations.

Among the allowed flights: an Air National Guard C-130 from Kulis Alaska National Guard Base to McChord Air Force Base in Washington carrying samples of more than 400 units of blood donated to the Blood Bank of Alaska in Anchorage.

Responding to an appeal for blood following the attacks, the blood bank had 708 people offer to donate blood Tuesday. The bank collected 474 units. The response was so strong that the bank collected no new blood Wednesday but scheduled appointments for Thursday and the rest of the week. No extra blood was collected in Juneau due to shipping and storage restrictions.

Blood must be sampled for purity within 72 hours after it's donated. The blood bank usually sends samples south on board Alaska Airlines.

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