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Passengers aboard flight that diverted to Shemya Island in the Aleutians land safely in Seattle

  • Author: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 25, 2018
  • Published December 25, 2018

SEATTLE — Passengers who were aboard a Delta Air Lines flight that made an emergency landing on a remote Alaskan island have arrived safely at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Delta spokesman Drake Castaneda said in an email Tuesday that the customers took off on an alternative aircraft from Shemya and arrived in Seattle at about 10 p.m. Monday Pacific time.

The original flight from Beijing to Seattle carrying 194 passengers was diverted to a military base on the island in Alaska’s Aleutians chain due to a potential engine issue. The plane was a Boeing 767-300ER.

Delta sent another aircraft with maintenance technicians, airport customer service agents and a new crew to operate the flight to Seattle to pick up the stranded passengers.

Castaneda did not respond to questions Tuesday seeking details about the engine problems.

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