Seven jets diverted north during storm

As Anchorage winds blew hard, Fairbanks airport received 740 unexpected passengers.

Associated PressSeptember 5, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- Seven passenger jets were diverted to Fairbanks from Anchorage to avoid high winds in the state's largest city.

Fairbanks International Airport spokeswoman Angie Spear told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that 740 unscheduled passengers were at the facility.

Most airlines had flown out of Fairbanks by early Wednesday morning, but Alaska Airlines was still working by late morning to move passengers from four of its flights that were diverted to Fairbanks.

Those jets had been sent back to Seattle and Portland, Ore., so flights in the Lower 48 weren't disrupted.

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