Courtesy of Alaska’s News Source:
An Alaska Airlines flight landing in Yakutat Saturday reportedly hit a bear while landing. According to a statement from Alaska Airlines, while flight 66 was preparing to land, the flight crew spotted two bears crossing the runway.
They say the nose gear missed the bears but the captain felt an impact on the left side after the bears passed under the plane. According to Alaska Airlines, the captain stopped to check the engine indications were normal, and determined it was safe to taxi to park.
While taxiing the plane, the pilots spotted a bear lying about 20 feet off the center of the runway. Alaska Airlines says six passengers were on board and no one was injured.
There was damage to the left engine cowl. The statement said the plane will be out of commission over the next few days as repairs are made. The guests flying out of Yakutat were picked up by another flight and flown into Anchorage, where they were rebooked on other flights.
Now if you are wondering just how much damage could a bear actually do to a jetliner click the link at the top and see for yourself.
Just for the record, I have lived in Alaska for sixty years and this is the first time I have heard of a bear being turned into runway kill by a jetliner.
I have heard of them getting hit by cars, trains, and even bikes, but never by a large plane.
However, if it were going to happen it stands to reason it would happen in Alaska.