SEAchaz From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 221 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8287 times:
This just reported at end of 11pm newscasts in Seattle - following is from the King 5 website www.king5.com :
"Some passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight were taken to the hospital by ambulance after a pressurization problem forced the Denver bound jet to return to Sea-Tac and make an emergency landing. The airline confirms a malfunction with the automatic pressurization system on flight 578. The flight developed problems 15 to 20 minutes after take-off. Some passengers continued their trip on a replacement aircraft."
Quoting Ptharris (Reply 4): The time table list equipment as 737-400, no idea if that was case or not.
I think that's what Mika ment by 737 classic...The 732s only operate in Alaska with the exception of cargo-only runs to SEA. That said, AS seems to throw a pretty diverse mix of equipment onto the SEA-DEN runs, so it's possible that the aircraft that flew AS578 last night was a different type than listed. According to Flytecomm, the replacement flight (which arrived around 1230AM) was a 734 as well.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13169 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8019 times:
At least unlike last year's Helios flight, the procedures worked out right here and all got safely back to lower altitude and back to an airport quickly. I would assume that an investigation is already underway to figure out what happened here.
DCrawley From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7782 times:
Quoting LegendDC9 (Reply 8): Regardless, they are becoming a scary airline to fly.
Would you care to elaborate on this statement? I think you might want to change you statement to apply to yourself, not everyone. I know I will gladly fly AS anyday without being scared. The 2 aircraft depressurizations were on seperate types. It's unfortunate to have happened, but do you think this event only occurs on AS aircraft?
Medics treated five people with "minor symptoms of ear and sinus pain," said Bob Parker, a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman.
I'm glad that everyone is safe and I'll be interested to read the report on this. If I get more information I can share tonight, I'll try and update.
"Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive."
Galapagapop From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 910 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6918 times:
Hey we can rip rattle and roll all we want on AS being safe and this being routine, but fact is what will the Average American/ AS pax think? Certainly they will not take such a defensive stance towards AS and all their recent happenings. Fact of the matter is its bad PR, even if all PR is good PR, this will only be used in the already misguided attempt to dethrone Menzies and bring back that labor workforce that we rip on and blame for all of UA's, US's, and NW's problems but for some reason we want them back for AS becuase of a few accidents? Something tells me there just may be a few to many "fair weather" fans here on A.net
GentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6715 times:
I've often said AS pilots are some of the best trained in the industry, they have to be flying around all of the mountain passes in Alaska, often with low minimums.
The news tidbit I read said the flight dropped from 30,000 to roughly 10,000 feet twice in a matter of a few minutes. I'm just glad the flight was still well enough away from the Rockies and Denver which is carries the moniker of the mile high city. It could have been worse. I bet there were allot of pax with
Man can be taken from Alaska. Alaska can never be taken from the man.
LegendDC9 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6586 times:
Quoting DCrawley (Reply 15): Would you care to elaborate on this statement? I think you might want to change you statement to apply to yourself, not everyone. I know I will gladly fly AS anyday without being scared. The 2 aircraft depressurizations were on seperate types. It's unfortunate to have happened, but do you think this event only occurs on AS aircraft?
My statement didn't apply to everyone, that's just what you read. AS had one of the worst operational years (2005) of any major airline. Dead last in on-time performance (out of 19 measured airlines), as well as in the bottom half for flight cancellations and denied boardings. Well publicized struggles with baggage handling and ground operations (damages, delays) after disposing of the in-house ramp. $500k proposed FAA fines for running an aircraft on hundreds of cycles with improper emergency lighting and now two similar in nature (but not in cause) in-flight emergencies. There are many airlines out there in much worst financial state and operational struggles but are still able to deliver a significantly more reliable product.
Tsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5121 times:
Well I am glad no one was seriously injured or worse. Makes me feel good to know there are many experienced crews out there who can act and get the plan down safely. I'm flying in 3 weeks and my nervous flying bit is sneaking up on me.
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5026 times:
This is a much more minor incident than the one in December. This had nothing to do with aircraft damage, reported or otherwise. It was a malfunction with the pressurization system. Also, unlike the December flight, the oxygen masks never came down. The plane took off from SEA at 18:51, was climbing up to around 30,000 ft when the problem developed and then quickly descended and returned to the airport, landing at 19:25.
I had a similar experience on a previous flight (not with AS). This kind of scenario happens from time to time. While I'm sure it was scary, no one's life was in danger.
Quoting LegendDC9 (Reply 21): AS had one of the worst operational years (2005) of any major airline. Dead last in on-time performance (out of 19 measured airlines), as well as in the bottom half for flight cancellations and denied boardings.
Yes, the months of May-July were very bad operationally, due to problems with Menzies (short-staffing and unfamiliarity with the operation), an alleged work slowdown by pilots after the arbitrated pay cuts went into effect, and also some delays getting aircraft back from maintenance checks. Schedule cutbacks were made to allow for increased aircraft downtime and more spares. On-time performance and completions since September have actually been slightly better than for the previous year, and the baggage handling still ranked better than the industry average as of the most recent data.
: LegendDC9: Please feel free to send me and e-mail or message. I'd like to know what your beef with Alaska is. You sure have a judgement with very litt
: Thank you as739X for the tail number. I like to keep track of tail numbers especially if they have accidents. I have been on 780AS before.