The left engine of the Alaska Airlines passenger jet was damaged when the aircraft hit a brown bear while landing on Saturday.
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In an unusual collision, an airplane hit and killed a brown bear while landing at the Yakutat Airport in Alaska on Saturday.

Alaska Airlines Flight 66 was arriving from Cordova into Yakutat when the flight crew saw two bears crossing the runway, according to a statement by Alaska Airlines.

“The nose gear missed the bears, but the captain felt an impact on the left side after the bears passed under the plane,” the airline’s statement said. Pilots then spotted a bear lying several feet off the center of the runway while taxiing the Boeing 737-700 aircraft for parking.