Passengers on diverted Delta flight reach Seattle
Nearly 200 Delta Air Lines passengers, whose Beijing to Seattle flight got diverted to the Aleutian Islands, reached their destination late Monday night, the company said.
Flight 128 on Monday morning made a precautionary landing on Shemya because of a "potential engine issue," according to an emailed statement.
Delta then dispatched a team of maintenance technicians and customer service agents, plus a new flight crew and aircraft to take the 194 passengers to Seattle that evening.
The passengers eventually arrived into Seattle around 10 p.m. PST, "without further incident," company spokesman Drake Castaneda said.
In a prepared statement, the company said:
“Delta apologizes for the delay to our customers after flight 128 from Beijing to Seattle diverted to Shemya, Alaska due to a potential engine issue. The safety of our customers and crew is always Delta’s top priority.”
The company said the aircraft that was forced to land in Shemya was a Boeing 767-300ER.
Shemya is located near the tip of the Aleutians near Attu. It has a 10,000-foot airstrip runway at Eareckson Air Station. Closed as an Air Force base in 1984, the airstrip still serves as a refueling hub and a diversion site for commercial air craft.
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