Six rescued after plane is damaged on takeoff

Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- Six people on a single-engine floatplane were rescued by the Coast Guard Sunday evening after a wing was damaged as the plane was taking off from Blying Sound about 25 miles east of Seward.

Pilot Dennis Perry was trying to take off when the wing dipped into the water, causing substantial damage, the Coast Guard said. He was able to put the airplane back down on the water and taxi to shore. There, he activated an emergency beacon.

Coast Guard aircraft reached the area about 9:20 p.m. and spotted the plane a few minutes later near Cape Junken. A Jayhawk helicopter ferried the pilot and his passengers to the Seward airport.

Rescued in addition to Perry were Daniel and Cody Miller, Dudley and Katrina White, and Anna Metzger.

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