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People pull plane for Special Olympics

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - People pull plane for Special Olympics

A Boeing 727 rolled down the runway at Spokane International Airport on Saturday but it wasn't getting ready to take off.

Teams from around the area played tug of war with the jet for a Special Olympics fundraiser.

"It's kind of like David versus Goliath," participant Bryan Pauley said.

Pulling a 69-ton plane seems impossible but Pauley was up for the challenge.

"Usually people think it can't be done but when you come out here and it's moving, it's exhilarating," Pauley said.

Pauley was a part of the airport's team Terminal Velocity. Seven teams competed to see who could pull the plane 12 feet the fastest but Saturday's event wasn't just a show of strength.

"I think it's important for everybody to support their community and do things to assist in funding and whatever else they need," participant Stephanie Zacha said.

"It goes to a great cause, it brings everybody together," Pauley added.

The money raised helps to support Special Olympic athletes like James Stinson.

"It actually helps pay for a lot of different things, the transportation, meals we order, hotels," Stinson said.

The event raised over $8,000 for Special Olympics.