Helicopter loses power during tour

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Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005

JUNEAU (AP) — Six cruise ship passengers were aboard a helicopter tour when the craft lost power after only about 100 feet and made a soft landing in nearby wetlands.

Nobody was injured.

''All I saw was smoke,'' said Tim McDonnell, a TEMSCO vice president in Juneau.

He said investigators were still looking into why the helicopter suddenly lost power.

According to the fire department, two people were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for observation after the incident.

Rose Abello, vice president of public relations for the Holland America Line in Seattle, said all those involved in the incident were shopping and eating lunch not long after the accident. She couldn't identify them and didn't know where they were from, but she said none was hospitalized.

Jim Vuille, assistant manager of the Federal Aviation Administration's flight standards office at Juneau International Airport, said his agency was working on a report of the incident.

The fire department's report Monday estimated damage to the helicopter at $500,000.

In a separate aviation incident Monday, 20 firefighters responded shortly after 9 a.m. to a report of a small jet coming into the airport with instruments showing it had an engine fire.

According to fire department reports, the plane landed without incident.


Information from: Juneau Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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