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AS's Constant Emergency Landings At EUG

Mon Feb 17, 2003 3:06 am

Besides me, has any one noticed that here in Eugene, Oregon Alaska Airlines has had quite a few "Emergency" or "Diversion" landings? I know like in the past 6 months there has been at least 4 of them and now I believe it is five. This is very odd, I still have yet to catch one of them.
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RE: AS's Constant Emergency Landings At EUG

Mon Feb 17, 2003 6:15 am

How do you know they are emergency landings? I know Alaska flew a plane roundtrip between PDX and EUG two days ago, although I don't know what the circumstances were.
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RE: AS's Constant Emergency Landings At EUG

Mon Feb 17, 2003 7:06 am

Alaska has a ton of flights over south central oregon, from destinations in CA/AZ to SEA/PDX. My guess is that it's the most conveniant place to stop if you have to divert, I doubt if they want to land a 737 anywhere else in Southern Oregon except Medford (certainly not Bend or Klamath Falls).
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RE: AS's Constant Emergency Landings At EUG

Mon Feb 17, 2003 7:33 am

Bend (actually Redmond, OR KRDM) has a 7,000ft + runway...
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RE: AS's Constant Emergency Landings At EUG

Mon Feb 17, 2003 11:30 am

A few weeks ago, there was a topic here about what customers do when they need supplemental oxygen while on board. Anyway, since airlines charge X amount of dollars per bottle of medical oxygen, it can get pricey.

Sometimes, AS has had to divert while enroute due to customers who intentionally bought less medical oxygen than they needed, thinking they'd save some money and that "they'd be ok" since they weren't exerting themselves.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of these diversions were related to oxygen customers not being able to breathe.

Note: AS has recently changed their oxygen procedures to take customers' own desires out of the equation and leaving the number of bottles ordered up to their physician to avoid this very problem.
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