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A miracle landing saved 53 rescue dogs from a plane crash

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

There was a miraculous crash landing in Wisconsin this week. A twin engine turboprop bound from New Orleans to Waukesha went down onto a green at the Western Lakes Golf Club. On board - three humans and 53 rescue dogs. All are safe, though there were some minor injuries for humans and canines. A director for the Humane Animal Welfare Society - that's HAWS for short, as in rhymes with paws - told the Washington Post the flight was one of their regularly scheduled trips to bring at-risk adoptable dogs from southern shelters to Wisconsin. Many of the dogs, now known as the Western Lakes Loves, are already available for adoption. HAWS' Maggie Tate-Techtmann added at a press conference, it is a lot of just comforting them and caring for them. A deputy fire chief who was reportedly one of the responders at the crash site has already taken home one of the dogs and calls her Marley.

(SOUNDBITE OF UNITED GUITAR PLAYERS' "COULD YOU BE LOVED (INSTRUMENTAL VERSION)") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.