Delta diverts Seattle-bound flight to Aleutian Islands
A Delta Air Lines flight carrying 194 passengers from Beijing to Seattle on Monday has diverted to an Aleutian Islands landing strip because of a "possible engine issue," the company said in an emailed statement.
The company said the aircraft was forced to land in Shemya was a Boeing 767-300ER.
Delta is sending a team of maintenance technicians and customer service agents, plus a new flight crew who will operate a new aircraft that will continue to Seattle.
Passengers will clear U.S. Customs in Seattle upon arrival, the company said.
"Delta flight 128 operating from Beijing to Seattle diverted to Shemya, Alaska due to a potential engine issue," the statement read. "Delta apologizes to customers for the delay and has sent another aircraft to continue the flight to Seattle. The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s top priority.“
Shemya is located near the tip of the Aleutians near Attu. It has a 10,000-foot airstrip runway at Eareckson Air Station. Mothballed in 1984 as an Air Force base, it still serves as a refueling hub and a diversion site for commercial air craft.
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