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Juneau airport runway fully reopened following small plane crash this morning

October 22, 2021 – News

The Juneau International Airport closed part of its runway this morning for about four hours after a small plane crashed upon takeoff. No one was injured in the accident.

According to Alaska Seaplanes, Flight 501 was on takeoff at approximately 8:43 a.m. from Juneau to Skagway when the incident occurred. The six occupants – five passengers and the pilot – were uninjured and examined by Capital City Fire/Rescue. The aircraft involved was a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan with tail number N754KP. Alaska Seaplanes is working with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Standards District Office in Juneau and the National Transportation Safety Board on the investigation to determine the potential cause of the accident.

Shortly after the incident, Juneau International Airport reopened part of the runway for limited smaller aircraft operations. Helicopter and float pond operations were also able to resume at that time. The rest of the runway remained closed in the morning; Alaska Airlines canceled a few flights due to the closure.

The Juneau airport reopened the entire runway at 12:20 p.m. today following a thorough cleanup, and jet traffic resumed. The airport advises air travelers to check with your airline for any delays.

The City and Borough of Juneau thanks partner agencies that helped to quickly resolve the incident.

For more information, contact Airport Manager Patty Wahto at 907-789-7821 or Patty.Wahto@jnuairport.com.