Floatplane sinks after flipping in landing attempt in Nikiski

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men escaped injury when their floatplane flipped during a landing attempt in Nikiski, Alaska State Troopers said.

The Beaver plane, owned by Alaska West Air of Nikiski, sank upside down in the mishap on Island Lake Monday morning, troopers said.

The pilot -- Jim Robinson, 61, of Nikiski -- and the passenger -- David Richardson, 31, of Anchorage -- managed to open the doors while the plane was nose down in the water. The men then swam to shore.

Trooper Joe Whittom said the pilot was attempting to land and noticed one float was down. The plane flipped when Robinson tried to correct, Whittom said.

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