Charter plane makes emergency landing after cowling flies off

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2002

PETERSBURG (AP) -- An LAB Flying Service plane with five tourists aboard made an emergency landing on an island near Petersburg Tuesday after its cowling fell off and the engine sprayed oil over the windshield.

The pilot couldn't see out the windshield, due to the oil smear.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew in the area heard the pilot's call for help shortly before noon and guided him to a landing spot on a beach about 25 miles northwest of Petersburg.

The pilot and his five passengers suffered minor injuries from the rough landing.

''He did a great controlled landing on a little sand bar,'' said Cmdr. James Manning, pilot of the Coast Guard helicopter.

The helicopter flew the pilot and passengers to ambulances waiting at Juneau International Airport. They were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

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