Alaska Airlines Flight 76 was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday, May 3, after it experienced electrical issues. The plane, a Boeing 737-400, is equipped to hold 120 passengers and five crew members, and each seat was filled.
The flight was going from Juneau, Alaska to Seattle, Washington, and after one of the plane’s two electrical systems went out, the plane made an emergency landing in Vancouver, touching down just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The crew and passengers were startled by the announcement that they would be making an emergency landing, but despite the situation sounding dangerous, there was no real danger involved. The pilot had complete control of the aircraft, and the emergency landing was a voluntary precaution. Company policy mandates that when any airplane experiences issues such as this, that it land at the closest airport for inspection.
While the plane was being inspected and repaired, a replacement airplane took the passengers on the last leg of their journey to Seattle, and the passengers reached their destination before the end of the night.
This isn’t the only incident this year that has diverted an entire flight. As reported previously on Inquisitr, a worker trapped in the cargo hold of a Boeing 737 caused the plane to turn around and return to the Seattle airport where it had left just 15 minutes earlier.
Passengers reported hearing a loud banging come from underneath the plane and someone yelling for help. The pilot quickly turned the plane around and the worker, who had fallen asleep inside the cargo hold shortly before takeoff, was released and taken to the hospital as a precaution. No one was hurt during this incident, which occurred mid April of this year.
Alaska Airlines has always afforded customers one of the cheapest airline services available, which is why many people like the service. Despite the small quarters and basic seating, most have reported a decent experience for the price. However, with more incidents like this, it could hurt their ratings.
In other news, Delta has just announced a nonstop flight service between Seattle and Orlando, which will create direct competition for Alaska Airlines, one of the only other nonstop routes of the kind in a similar price range. The announcement will force Alaska to work harder to stay ahead of the competition.
Delta has encroached on Alaska’s territory in the past, and Alaska Air has retaliated by announcing three new routes from Los Angeles and is working to improve its Salt Lake City presence. Thanks to its slightly cheaper prices and comfortable flight experience, Alaska Airlines doesn’t seem to be going anywhere just yet.
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