A pilot who was forced to ditch a U.S. Air Force jet in the North Pacific is safely on board a Coast Guard cutter bound for Alaska.
The unidentified pilot was forced to eject from a F-16 Falcon about 200-miles northeast of Hokkaido, Japan on Sunday. A nearby vessel picked up the pilot who was later was transferred to the freighter Manukai.
The Coast Guard cutter Munro rendezvoused with the freighter Manukai on Tuesday afternoon about 280-miles south of Dutch Harbor. The pilot is expected to be flown by the Munro’s H-65 helicopter to Cold Bay where they will be met by Department of Defense personnel.
- Lawmakers who represent areas outside Juneau receive $295 for each day of the special session. Juneau lawmakers receive $221.25 per day.
- Sixteen veterans of the Alaska Territorial Guard will be honored at a discharge ceremony today. Four of them are from Western Alaska.
- The historic houses in Juneau and Douglas were predominately built by miners and fishermen long before today's zoning was put into place. That's prevented homeowners from restoring or rebuilding homes in these neighborhoods without running into conflict with the city's zoning laws -- a temporary fix may be on the way.
- Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young wants to know why Americans are still fighting in Afghanistan. He has co-sponsored a bill that would end funding for the war in a year, unless the president and Congress affirm the need for it.