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SAND POINT

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.

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.

Courtesy of Nate Julian

A PenAir flight made an emergency landing in Sand Point on Tuesday, following an engine failure shortly after takeoff.

The Saab 340 aircraft returned to the airport safely, but passenger Nate Julian said it was a scary experience.

“It was kind of sketchy," he said. "A little bit hairy there for a minute.”

Headed to Anchorage, Julian said everything seemed normal until the plane reached the end of the runway.

“They went to ramp up the engines for takeoff," he said. "The left engine cut out a minute and then ramped up. Not a normal sound.”

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers have seized another stash of heroin and methamphetamine bound for Sand Point, marking the community’s second airport drug bust in the last month.

Troopers arrested Christian Anderson-Nutt on Sept. 29, following a joint narcotics investigation with the Sand Point Police Department.

Alaska State Troopers

An airport drug bust has stopped an influx of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine from reaching the small community of Sand Point.  

Alaska State Troopers arrested Daniele Glodowski, 37, of Anchorage last week, following a joint narcotics investigation with the Sand Point Police Department.

Police Chief Hal Henning said Glodowski was taken into custody at the Anchorage airport before she could leave on a flight to Sand Point.

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