An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 faces some technical issues, which prompted pilots to divert the same aircraft two times.
Usually, in case of an emergency, an aircraft diverts to assigned airport. Subsequently, the airline either relocates passengers to a different aircraft or, after repairing the same aircraft, carries the passengers onwards to their destination.
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 faces technical issues
Alaska Airlines flight AS1219 was flying form Los Angeles to Seattle on July 20. The Boeing 737-900 registered as N320AS operating the flight was more than 19 years old aircraft.
During the flight, an electrical issue forced the aircraft to divert to Sacramento. There is no clarity on what was the exact mechanical issue.
The aircraft landed at Sacramento with all passengers safe. After the incident, the airline inspected and repaired the aircraft. Alaska Airlines assured the passengers that the aircraft is fully repaired. The same aircraft N320AS was cleared to take off from Sacramento to Seattle.
Just after takeoff, the same warning came up in the cockpit and signaled the same mechanical issue. Pilots informed about this to ATC. The Boeing 737 turned back for Sacramento Airport. It landed again at Sacramento Airport.
As an emergency measure, fire fighters were on standby during the emergency landing.
Alaska Airlines in an issued statement praised the pilots, cabin crew and other staff members for executing two back to back emergency landings successfully. The airline assured that it will investigate the matter regarding what instigated the warning.
About the aircraft
On the incident day itself, the 19.9 yrs old Boeing 737 conducted a ferry flight to Seattle. The aircraft is back operational. In September 2003, Alaska Airlines received delivery of this aircraft. Fleet number of the Boeing 737 was 320.
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Source : TravelPulse