Forklift damages Alaska Airlines jet

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2000

BETHEL (AP) -- A forklift being used to unload an Alaska Airlines passenger jet tore a hole in the fuselage Tuesday, triggering cancellation of one flight as well as some lengthy delays for passengers.

Passengers who arrived on Flight 43 Tuesday had already gotten off when the incident occurred. No one was injured.

A maintenance crew flew the plane to Anchorage for repairs, and Bethel flights were back on schedule Wednesday, according to Jeff Carlson, who manages the airline's rural stations. He said the plane would be back in the air in short order.

The airline is taking action to prevent similar accidents in the future, Carlson said. The operator of the forklift was not an Alaska Airlines employee.

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