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Era plane lands safely with 1 engine shut down

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2006

An ERA Aviation flight from Anchorage landed safely Sunday morning at Kenai Municipal Airport after one of its two engines was shut down during the 45-minute flight.

According to Era spokesperson Mike LeNorman, the Twin Otter passenger plane had an engine shutdown due to a gauge malfunction.

“It’s a standard precaution,” LeNorman said. “There was no problem with the engine, just an indicator problem.”

Maintenance workers were sent from Anchorage to repair the instrument and the plane was then flown back to Anchorage.

Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly said two crash trucks were staged at the airport’s taxiways and remained there on standby in case they would be needed.

Kenai Airport Manager Rebecca Cronkhite said the plane landed safely and unloaded its 18 passengers without incident.

Tilly said flying a Twin Otter with one engine is no problem.

“These commercial pilots are professionals. He put it down with no problem at all,” Tilly said.

The aircraft had a crew of two.



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