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Courtesy of Marine Exchange Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard is escorting a vessel back to Unalaska after it lost use of an engine last week.

The Resolve Pioneer was returning from Asia when it hit a snag in the western Pacific Ocean, somewhere southwest of Attu.

“We think there might be some fishing line or a net wrapped around one of the propellers,” said John O’Grady of Resolve Magone Marine, the salvage and rescue company that owns the vessel.

Courtesy of Nate Julian

PenAir has narrowed down the cause of an engine failure that forced one of airplanes to make an emergency landing in Sand Point earlier this month.

“The engine appears to have suffered from a compressor stall,” or a disruption to the turbine’s airflow, according to spokesperson Missy Roberts. 

The reason behind that disruption is still unclear.

Courtesy of National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the eastern Aleutian Islands, including Unalaska and Nikolski.

Forecasters say northwest winds will pick up Thursday around 3 a.m., blowing 50 to 70 miles per hour and gusting up to 85.

They expect the storm to taper off by about 4 p.m.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Look to the farthest end of the Aleutian chain, so far west that it’s actually east, and you’ll find the Komandorski Islands of Russia.

In 1867, the Alaska Purchase separated them from the rest of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. But today, people across the archipelago are still connected by a common history.

A recent cultural exchange helped to renew those ties, bringing Russians and Alaskans together on St. Paul Island.

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PenAir

PenAir is still trying to determine why an airplane engine failed last week, forcing one of its Saab 340s to make an emergency landing in Sand Point.

PenAir's Mike Walsh said mechanics have removed the flight data recorder, or "black box," which documents a plane’s trip history.

They’re sending the device for inspection to pinpoint the cause of the failure.

In the meantime, the plane will remain in Sand Point.

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