Weather strands hundreds in Alaska town for days

    BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of passengers, many from coastal villages, are stranded in the Alaska town of Bethel during the holidays because of bad weather and ill-equipped airports.

    Many villages don’t have up-to-date navigation and weather tools.

    If the visibility is low, the pilot needs to land using navigation instruments.

    If the airport doesn’t have them, the plane can’t land.

    Warm, wet weather in the past few weeks has melted the ice on rivers and lakes, removing travel by snowmobile as an option.

    This December has been the rainiest on record in Bethel, and unseasonably warm.

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