A small plane out of Chevak that nearly crashed mid-flight was able to make an emergency landing Friday on the tundra.
According to Alaska State Troopers, the Cessna 172 made an emergency landing on the tundra southwest of Chevak. Yute Air employee Damond Jolley, 34, was piloting the plane, NTSB investigator Brice Banning reports, when the aircraft suffered a sudden loss of engine power.
“The pilot did a very admirable job of getting the plane to the ground,” Banning said. “There were no injuries, and no damage to the plane itself.”
Jolley and his passenger, 60-year-old Stanley Dunagan, were recovered by troopers and transported to Bethel, the aircraft’s scheduled destination.
The investigation into the cause of the emergency landing is ongoing. Banning says the operating company is working to the retrieve the aircraft for further inspection.