A Boeing 737-700 from Alaska Airlines hit a brown bear on Saturday night when landing at Yakutat Airport. The animal died, the plane was damaged.
None of the six passengers or employees of the airline were injured in the event.
The brown bear, a female, died. One of her young, presumably around two years old, remained unharmed.
The runway was cleared about ten minutes before the incident. Everything went as planned. But, it had already gone dark and the bear has been overlooked.
When the plane had just hit the ground with the wheels, pilots saw the bears quickly crossing the runway. The animals could still be dodged with the nose of the plane, but seconds later the pilot felt a blow on the left side of the plane.
The plane will now remain on the ground until it is repaired. The dead animal has been picked up.