Part of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was evacuated for a few minutes Thursday morning due to an equipment problem, according to airport staff.

A compressor failure in a system at the airport’s south terminal caused an air flow issue, airport spokeswoman Trudy Wassel said, triggering a general alarm at about 6:45 a.m.

“It was all of three to nine minutes – it wasn't too long before we realized that was the issue,” Wassel said. “The system recognized that something was not functioning correctly in that area, so just for precautionary purposes that (alarm) was activated.”

No flights were diverted as a result of the evacuation.

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