An Alaska Airlines flight landed on a bear on Saturday in Yakutat, Alaska. The Boeing 737-700 impacted the bear on the left side of the aircraft but continued to land and taxi without incident. They returned to the apron where they discovered a deceased brown bear, a mother whose two year old cub was unharmed. The plane suffered damage to its left engine.
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Only 10 minutes prior the runway had been inspected, with no wildlife present prior to the arrival of the flight from Codova, Alaska. The next two sectors of Alaska flight 66’s milk run – to Juneau and then on to Anchorage – were cancelled.
Passengers were rebooked onto Alaska flight 107 later in the evening. The occurrence aircraft remains on the ground in Yakutat.