[bct] Re: Alaska

  • From: Slythy_Tove <mcg907@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2006 07:37:34 -0800 (PST)

Beth,

Ahh, the story was in the Juneau papers and went thusly.

Jet took off from Juneau.  There was a terrific impact against the cockpit 
window.  Jet circled back and landed at Juneau to ascertain if the cockpit 
window was cracked and if the plane was still flight-worthy. 

The Jet had scales and slime consistent with at least a 20 pound salmon that 
had hit with great force and then slid over the plane body and off.  

Consensus?  The law of the wild took over.  If the big bird has it and the 
bigger bird wants it - let the bigger bird have it.  

Apparently the eagle that took the salmon gave it to the bigger bird (the jet). 
 Only in Alaska could a jet be "attacked" in mid-air by a salmon.  

Such is life in Alaska - you never quite know what is going to descend from the 
skies with all those birds and all those planes.  

I remember one time a jet engine started coming apart on the ascent from 
Anchorage International airport and it littered itself several miles down 
Airport Drive.  Miraculously, on a busy morning, no one was hit.  The jet was 
able to return safely to the airport on the remaining engine and we were all 
told not to pick up any parts because the NTSB had to do an investigation.  
Most of them were not hard to swerve around, some were moved to the side of the 
road because they were really quite large pieces, like the round mounting 
around the front of the turbine.  

Every year there are sad stories of moose landing on or in cars as they try to 
jump them and are killed or kill drivers or passengers.  The most perplexing 
photo I ever saw was of a yearling moose who landed on a car butt first, 
smashed out the windshield and landed rear first in the passenger's seat and 
had all four legs and his head and neck out the front of the windshield.  Of 
course,  the poor thing's back was broken and it had to be destroyed.  
Fortunately, there was no passenger and the driver survived - although the car 
was totalled by the time all was said and done.

There are about 3,000 moose in Anchorage at any one time and usually a few 
dozen bears in the green belt area as well.  Combined with the eagles, the 
various fish runs up and down various creeks, the ravens and various other 
wildlife like voles, squirrels, etc., it is like living in a wildlife park.

Slithy

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