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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom from the Aleutian Region, the Pribilof Islands, the Alaska Peninsula, and beyond.

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Almost 170 passengers are stranded as Unalaska endures its fourth day of canceled flights.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said the airport’s non-directional radio beacon was “fixed” Thursday by an on-the-ground team.

But now, a flight crew — which has to check the navigational equipment from the air — has been delayed in Anchorage.

“Crew and aircraft are in position to promptly check this navigational aid when the weather at Dutch Harbor permits,” said Allen Kenitzer of the FAA’s Office of Communications in a statement.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This Sunday, Feb. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of the F/V Destination.

Its sinking ranks as the Bering Sea crab fleet’s deadliest accident in more than a decade.

While the cause remains a mystery, memories of the crew are inspiring fishermen to stay extra safe this winter.

Last March, Unalaskans and seasonal fishermen held a memorial service at the Norwegian Rat Saloon.

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Updated 2/8/18 at 12:30 p.m. 

Unalaska is facing its third day of flight cancellations.

On Tuesday, the problem was weather. But since then, the trouble has stemmed from a navigational beacon at the airport.

"For whatever reason, that piece of equipment expired before it was re-certified," said Missy Roberts of PenAir, Unalaska’s only carrier with flights to and from Anchorage.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued another injured mariner from a fishing vessel near Cold Bay, marking the fourth such medevac in a week.

Officials say the F/V Ocean Rover was fishing 70 miles west of the community on Sunday, when a man onboard reported suffering from abdominal pains.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew was sent to hoist the 59-year-old man from the vessel. He was transported to Cold Bay and then Anchorage for emergency medical care.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

 

The abandoned boat that plagued western Alaska for months is now on the bottom of the ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the state by performing an emergency scuttle of the F/V Akutan Thursday, three miles outside U.S. waters.

 

The processor was abandoned in Unalaska in September following a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay where the ship’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid, and it’s 158,318 pound haul of salmon was declared unfit for human consumption.

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