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Published on : Thursday, October 13, 2016
On Wednesday morning, an American Airlines jet that was carrying 100 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing in Cold Bay’s Southwest Alaska community. In the evening, Alaska Airlines offered to help the passengers fly to Anchorage.
Candace Schaak, mayor of Cold Bay said that the Boeing 787 had landed around 9.45 a.m. carrying about 114 people.
Ian Gregor, spokesperson of Federal Aviation Administration said that the flight of American Airlines was travelling to Chicago from Shanghai. He added that it had no other choice but to make an emergency landing after it was diverted to Cold Bay on account of an engine issue.
Ross Feinstein, spokesperson of American Airlines said that the Boeing 787 was diverted to Cold Bay immediately after an indicator light that was in the cockpit conveyed a mechanical issue.
He added that the aircraft had examined the aircraft to identify the cause of this mechanical issue.
He also said that the passengers of the American Airlines flight were carried to Anchorage by Alaska Airlines in the evening. The airlines had also provided hotel rooms to the passengers once they reached Anchorage. Thereafter, the plane departed prior to 8 p.m.
The spokesperson also said that the passengers would be carried to Chicago on Thursday morning.
Candace Schaak said that the plane landed safely. He also said that the fire crew were standing and waiting for the aircraft to land so that it could attend to the plane if there was any emergency.
Though none of the passengers and cabin crew were injured, the local clinic was opened as a precautionary measure.
Furthermore, the residents of Alaska Peninsula were also ready to offer shelter to the jet’s passengers and crew members if they needed to stay overnight.