Anchorage Assembly OKs Landing Of Big Jet

The Anchorage Assembly has given the go-ahead for a large jet to land at the city airfield.

The 100,000-pound Boeing 727 has been donated by FedEx to the University of Alaska Anchorage, which wants it for its aviation technology program based at Merrill Field. The busy airfield for small planes is just a mile from downtown.

Once the plane is landed, it will never be flown again.

The Assembly voted unanimously on Tuesday to allow the plane to land later this month at the airfield. FAA Regional Administrator Robert Lewis told Assembly members that the community will benefit from the training that the plane affords students. He says there should be no problem with the plane landing at the airfield.

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