Downed plane stuck in refuge

Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A single-engine De Havilland Otter DHC-3 has sat in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge wetlands for a week after the airplane’s pilot made an emergency landing Aug. 22.

Refuge officials are investigating how and when the airplane can be removed, but have not yet been officially contacted by the owners or operators of the airplane regarding removal, said Rick Johnston, a park ranger and pilot with the refuge.

According to Joette Storm, an FAA spokeswoman in Alaska, the airplane has been identified as a Mavrik Aire airplane that had to be emergency landed approximately 6 miles northeast of Kenai Municipal Airport due to mechanical problems.

“It was reported that the aircraft lost power and the pilot made a determination to land it,” she said.

Mavrik Aire is an airplane taxi service based in North Kenai and has declined to comment on the incident.

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