Diomede isolated without regular flights

Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The 130 residents of Diomede - who can see Russia from their home island - have been without regular air passenger service for four months since a weekly helicopter flight stopped.

To help residents make medical appointments in Nome, the Norton Sound Health Corp. plans to sign a deal with Evergreen International Aviation to transport as many as four patients at a time. The contract could be renewed if regular passenger flights don't resume in a month.

The Anchorage Daily News reported mail and groceries still arrive at Diomede by helicopter, but it hasn't been contracted to carry passengers.

Fixed-wing planes can start landing on the sea ice after freeze-up, but last winter ice conditions were too poor to build a runway.

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