By Mallory Peebles
Channel 2 News
7:31 PM AKDT, September 5, 2012
While many people are still cleaning up from the havoc of the storm some haven't even begun...
Kate Garbiel says, "We have no idea. we do have a tree in our front yard. Fingers crossed."
That's because hundreds of people traveling to anchorage couldn't fly in because of the weather.
Alaska Airlines cancelled 7 flights and redirected 4 to Fairbanks according to their public affairs manager.
Disgruntled travelers like Kate Gabriel say the ordeal was very frustrating.
Kate says, "All these other planes started leaving just not ours."
Alex says, "If other airlines could fly out why can't Alaska."
Alaska Airlines says the reason they couldn't leave sooner is because pilots had reached their federal aviation administration limit of hours flying.
Tim Thompson says, "They are the ones that dictate those flight hours and unfortunately we couldn't continue with any flight operations."
Another problem Alaska airlines ran into is it doesn't station pilots out of Fairbanks so there was no one on call.
Trying out best to recover from what has been a very straining severe weather situation."
Aviation issues weren't limited to the airport a number of planes sustained damage around anchorage including two that flipped over .
John Ellison says, "I knew there would be upside down planes today. The first thing is I came over this morning and again checked on my stuff and then went around to see what had happened." 10.00
John Ellison checked on his plane a number of times last night and didn't finally untie his extra anchoring straps until late this morning.
Ellison says, "You know it's coming they forecast it and you don't. If it's hit you hard like that one time you remember and you're reactive, you get out there you're ahead of the game."
Unfortunately despite attempts to get ahead of the game some ended up.. end up ... including this one at Lake Hood. It bent one wing at over 90 degrees and smashed the cab. Another plane on Campbell Lake also flipped. All you can see of it now is it's floats.
For some people this storm really took a toll on planes and their travelers. however some stayed in high spirits, including a couple traveling to Alaska for the first time to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Richard Shoon says, "A good story to tell our kids and grandchildren."
Even once those affected move on from the storm many will be left with a story to tell.
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