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    Default Jimmy pulls off an impossible emergency landing on glacier.

    I fly over this glacier several times a week and it is nothing but big crevasses. Getting a 206 on wheels to land in one piece was pretty darn good.

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    From the Homer News





    No one injured in forced plane landing on Grewingk Glacier

    BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

    STAFF WRITER

    Three German passengers and a Homer pilot walked away from an emergency landing on Grewingk Glacier about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. A Cessna 206 operated by Homer Air lost power about 5,000 feet and glided to a safe landing on the glacier, said Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers. Grewingk Glacier is about 10 miles east of Homer and in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Kachemak Bay State Park.
    "As far as emergency landings go, it was pretty good," Peters said.
    Pilot James Christensen "made an excellent emergency landing," said Homer Air chief pilot Zack Tappan. "It was an excellent pilot and emergency training that got them down safely in an extremely difficult spot."
    A Maritime Helicopters helicopter picked up the pilot and passengers shortly after the landing and took them to South Peninsula Hospital for evaluation. A Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technician went in the helicopter to the scene to treat the victims. Tappan said the passengers and pilot had no injuries and were released.
    The Cessna 206 landed on its wheels, but after slowing almost to a complete stop, flipped over when its nose hit a crevasse, Peters said. Tappan said the plane flipped after everyone got out when the plane slid into a small crevasse and the nose wheel caught.
    Alaska State Troopers interviewed the passengers and pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board also were notified and the NTSB is investigating. Tappan said he did not know why the Cessna 206 lost power. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation also was notified. Tappan said arrangements were being made Friday to recover the plane.
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    The surface of the glacier in question

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    Wow, that doesn't look like a friendly spot to set down in a chopper.
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    Holy freakin' cow.

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    Yeah it looks better from a little distance. This is from the bottom of course. He was a ways up inside when the engine went south. The second engine failure this year for them.

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    Wow, that is some pretty nasty terrain! Good on Jimmy for pulling this off! He definitely deserves a round of applause. I bet a round of fruit of the looms was in order after getting down with no injuries.

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    Jimmy is one of the best pilots I know, he's been flying since he was rather young out in western AK . He's the guy that is always in a good mood and has a smile for everyone. I salute his fine airmenship and glad he's OK. Tom

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    Float Pilot - How about getting some pictures of the crash site for us......

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    DEC will be alot of help!
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    I flew with Homer Air back in 2006. Is Jimmy a young guy..less than 30? or one of the older guys there? I flew with a young guy out to Montague and he did a good job. Glad everyone was alright on this one.

    Just a nice pic of a Homer Air 206 on the beach on Montague.
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    Yeap, Jimmy is younger and actually has a good personality. So he stands out.

    here is a photo from the newspaper.
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    Any reason yet for the lost of power?

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    Then I must have flown with Jimmy. He was a good guy and fun to fly with. Man, I bet that was a bumpy landing. Looks like he lost one of the main gear wheels too. Very salvagable and I'm glad all are well.
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    I think the recovery did lots more damage. So it is a write-off.
    I have not yet heard the source of the flame-out.
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