Reeves Lockheed Electra with damage engine landing

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1983 June a Lockheed Electra N1968R,being operated by Reeve Aleutian Airway declared an inflight emergency. On Reeves flight #8 from Cold Bay to Seattle, the propeller on #4 engine broke off and tore though the bottom of the cabin. causing cabin decompression Most of the plane's control lines were severed. The autopilot was still working and the flight crew was able to steer the crippled plane back towards Alaska. The aircraft was about 700 mile from Anchorage and the captain decided to risk trying to make it to Anchorage. The aircraft was critically low on fuel when it approached Anchorage for an emergency landing. The pilot did one fly by for a visual inspection by ground personal and on the first landing attempt, the plane was too fast, and he had to go around. Now low on fuel, this second attempt would be all or nothing.. The landing was hard and he had no brakes but the captains shut off the remaining engines.and engaged the auto stop switches for the remaining engines, The roll out used up most of the runway and the aircraft came to a stop in a ditch next to the runway. It was a magnificent flying job by the crew. All the passengers and crew escaped death and major injuries.