Dillingham pilot makes emergency landing on tundra

Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A Dillingham pilot flying at about 700 feet didn't have much time for an emergency landing when the engine on his Cessna 207 gave out.

Pilot Eric Shade told The Anchorage Daily News on Tuesday he safely put down on a snow-covered tundra, damaging the nose landing gear. Shade and two passengers were unharmed. He radioed for help and they were picked up by rescue planes.

Shade, who flies for Shannon's Air Service, was cruising Nov. 17 from Dillingham to the village of New Stuyahok, 84 miles away, when the engine quit. He says he didn't have time to get scared.

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