Alaska Airlines flight diverted to Juneau
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.