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Passenger recalls emergency plane landing near Alaska island


August 17, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Luck Dunbar was napping during a routine flight when he heard a loud noise, woke up and realized the commuter plane was dropping.

Dunbar was one of five people aboard the plane Monday morning when it was heading from Skagway to Juneau, Haines radio station KHNS reported. An engine failure prompted pilot Joshua Poirier to make an emergency landing in the ocean.

“(Poirier) pointed over by Coghlan Island and he said, ‘I think we’re going to lay her down over here,”‘ Dunbar said.

As the plane dropped, Dunbar said he was thinking, “This is it. ... Here we go....

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