JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to Juneau Wednesday when the pilots suspected the front tire of the plane's landing gear had been damaged after takeoff.
Flight 65 landed safely in Juneau at 10:17 a.m. with no injuries to those on board, according to Alaska Airlines and Juneau International Airport officials. The plane was carrying 61 passengers, two pilots and three flight attendants.
Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Amanda Tobin said the pilots after taking off from Ketchikan for Wrangell received preliminary indications that something was wrong with the tire at the plane's nose.
As a precaution, the flight was diverted to the Juneau airport, where the airlines has mechanics who could inspect the plane, she said.
She could not immediately say what alerted the pilots to the possible problem.
The plane flew over the airport once before landing so that mechanics with binoculars could look for damage. None was spotted, Tobin said.
Juneau airport officials issued an Alert 1, the lowest-level emergency alert, and the plane was met by fire and medical crews, said airport spokeswoman Patricia DeLabruere.
Mechanics were inspecting the plane, a Boeing 737-700, to determine whether the flight could continue. Flight 65 flies from Seattle to Anchorage with stops in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau.
AS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 5820 posts, RR: 23 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1283 times:
BCAInfoSys.......and how do you know whats in the belly of the plane? We just had this discussion on another thread. Thousands of pounds of fish go out of SE Alaska daily. Thats were the big money is,. So struggling is the last thing I'd think.Not to mention the 732 are utilized on some other route and I think we have 3 out of service right now for C-checks.
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ASFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 889 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1250 times:
The revenue on one 1/2 full plane to WRG is probably better than on one completely full plane to any destination we serve in the lower 48 from SEA.
We've served Wrangell/Petersburg for years and years. We also get an EAS subsidy for serving WRG and PSG, which makes up for the lack of passengers we might carry to and from these cities. Traffic on these flights is not an indication at all of how well Alaska Airlines is doing. Having said that, I have worked flights into/out of these cities in the last year that were completely full, which always surprises me since I wonder where these people come from as the communities are quite small. Wrangell has just a population of around 2500 and Petersburg is just over 3000.
So by the time the emergency was declared, it had already flown SEA-KTN and was now heading to WRG. By this time, most of the customers have already deplaned in KTN since very few stay on the remainder of the "milk run" into WRG, PSG and so on.
For that flight to have 61 onboard out of WRG is actually indicative of VERY strong bookings, believe it or not. It's usually only completely full for the SEA-KTN and JNU-ANC portions of the journey. Even then, it's not uncommon for heavy or even full loads out of WRG and PSG from time to time.
[Edited 2005-08-11 03:17:39]
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Chugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
One thing I've thought was interesting about the 73G being scheduled on the milk run flights this year...is that affecting the mechanical performance of those planes at all? From what has been discussed on this board, AQ was having problems using their 73G's on inter-island flights because of the short cycle times. As WRG-PSG is only about 15 minutes in the air, and KTN-WRG and PSG-JNU are only about 30 minutes, have these short cycles affected AS at all?