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Fuel spills in plane mishap on North Slope airstrip

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Northern Air Cargo plane skidded off the Alpine oil field airstrip, catching fire when some fuel tanks on board ruptured, the Alaska Department of Conservation said Wednesday.

No one was seriously hurt in the mishap, which occurred at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday.

An unknown amount of aviation fuel spilled on the tundra, according to the DEC. An unknown amount of fuel also burned before the plane fire was put out.

DEC investigators said the plane left Deadhorse carrying 1,400 gallons of fuel. The plane used 200 to 250 gallons of fuel for the flight to the Alpine field, which is operated by Phillips Petroleum.

By noon Wednesday, workers had removed 85 gallons of fuel from the plane and pumped 5,250 gallons of oily water from small ponds on the tundra, according to investigators. They said workers also put up shore-seal booms to corral the contaminated area.



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