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Emergency slide delays flight to Petersburg, Juneau

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An emergency slide accidentally deployed at Wrangell Airport Saturday, June 21, 2014. (Courtesy of Collin Dando)

Passengers on Flight 65 headed to Petersburg and Juneau Saturday had a seven-hour delay at Wrangell Airport when the plane’s emergency slide deployed.

Alaska Airlines media spokesperson Nancy Trott said the plane arrived from Ketchikan at 10 a.m., and the inflatable slide deployed when the plane’s door was initially opened. There were no injuries.

The flight was supposed to leave Wrangell at 10:48 a.m., but passengers left Wrangell on a different plane at 6 p.m.

Alaska Airlines sent mechanics from Juneau and a new emergency slide from Seattle to fix the grounded plane. That plane is back in service.


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