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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.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

After nearly three days, the U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for six fishermen missing since Saturday, when their crabbing vessel disappeared in the Bering Sea.  

Coast Guard officials made the announcement Monday night, after search parties found no sign of the F/V Destination -- apart from a floating tangle of debris that included the boat’s emergency beacon, several buoys, and a life ring.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

After three days, the Coast Guard has called off the search for the crew of F/V Destination. 

The 98-foot crabber sent a distress signal Saturday morning, two miles northwest of St. George Island.

The vessel was on its way to fish for snow crab when it activated it's electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB).

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

Three people were rescued Monday morning after their fishing vessel ran aground near Akutan Harbor.

After the U.S. Coast Guard heard reports the F/V Predator was taking on water, Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said they launched a rescue by air.

“A Coast Guard helicopter got on-scene, hoisted three individuals off the vessel, and transported them back to Akutan," said Rios. "We were told they had no kind of medical conditions.”

The fate of the vessel is less certain. Rios said the Predator ran aground hard, and it’s unclear whether it can be repaired.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Pribilof Islands that’s affecting Unalaska and the Aleutians as well.

Forecasters are predicting up to six inches of snow and north winds as high as 45 miles per hour.

They say the combined effect will produce white-out conditions and low visibility at a quarter mile or less.

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