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U.S. Coast Guard District 17

A fishing crew was rescued Monday morning after their boat ran aground off Unalaska Island.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said the fishing vessel St. Dominick began taking on water around 10 a.m.

“All of the crew members of the St. Dominick were transported to Dutch Harbor by the Good Samaritan vessel Kona Kai,” she said.

Steenson said it’s unclear how many people were aboard the 50-foot steel boat, which is registered to Zachary Nehus of Unalaska. 

She said the Coast Guard’s only involvement has been to keep an eye on the incident from above.

Courtesy of Aleutian Islands Photography

Grant Aviation says it wasn’t a mechanical problem that forced one its planes to belly flop at the Unalaska airport last month.

Beyond that, airline officials are keeping quiet about the accident’s cause -- at least for now.

“We’ve all got our theories," said Rob Kelly, Grant's chief financial officer. "But if we say something and the investigation concludes differently, that’s not a good position for us to be in.”

F/V Destination Memorial Fund

The U.S. Coast Guard has called on its most rigorous investigators after a crabbing vessel and its six crew members went missing in the Bering Sea earlier this month.

A three-day search revealed no sign of the F/V Destination, apart from a floating tangle of debris.

That’s why the Coast Guard has convened the Marine Board of Investigation.

Chrissy Roes

In June, PenAir introduced a new type of aircraft to Unalaska, aiming to solve a longtime problem: Manufacturers don’t really make planes for this type of island.

Nine months later, the airline thinks it’s finally found the answer in the Saab 2000.

The high-speed turboprop has earned a 90 percent completion rate for flights between Unalaska and Anchorage.

Courtesy of Aleutian Islands Photography

A small airplane landed on its belly Tuesday at the Unalaska airport. No one aboard was injured, but the accident shut down the runway for about four hours. 

Returning from Akun Island, the Grant Aviation plane touched down without landing gear around 1:30 p.m., according to a statement by the Alaska State Troopers (AST).

The pilot and two passengers exited safely and declined medical attention. But the aircraft -- a Super King Air 200 -- sat on the runway with bent propeller blades for several hours before officials could bring a crane to move it.