Delta Air Lines flight 208 (Tokyo – San Francisco) made an emergency landing in a remote Alaska community, Cold Bay, near the Aleutian Islands this morning, October 30, 2013, after a warning message flashed on an engine control panel. No injuries reported of 167 passengers and 11 crew members on board, Delta spokesman Michael Thomas said.
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“Because of that warning indication, out of an abundance of caution and safety they elected to divert to Cold Bay,” he said. “But at no point was the engine shut down in flight.” Martin added that the Cold Bay airport has no customs or TSA staff, so such officials were flown in to process the passengers.
Delta sent another aircraft to pick up the passengers Wednesday afternoon from Cold Bay, AK (pop. 108). Delta also was sending maintenance crews to Cold Bay, which is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. Passengers were able to eventually deplane and wait for their replacement ride at locations in the small community.
Another Delta flight’s emergency landing in March 2001 was the last time the prior military 10,000-foot runway was used for an emergency landing, a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo with 220 passengers.