New Airplane Will Improve Medevac Service In Southeast

A new turboprop aircraft will make it easier for a medical transport service to land in some Southeast Alaska communities.

Airlift Northwest will operate a Turbo Commander as well as the Learjet between Juneau and rural communities. The turboprop will allow the medical service to fly into Gustavas, Skagway, Haines, Hoonah, Kake, and Prince of Wales Island.

Juneau Director of Operations and pilot Greg Clausen says the new plane is easier to land on these small towns’ shorter runways.

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Rosemarie Alexander is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.