Delta made an emergency landing at an isolated destination near the Aleutian Islands after warning message light began flashing on the aircraft's engine control panel Wednesday, FOX News reports Oct. 30.
The Delta Airlines flight was San Francisco-bound after departing from Tokyo. 167 passengers were on Delta flight 208 all of them arrived safely at Cold Bay at 6 a.m., in addition to the 11 crew members. The Delta emergency landing took place at a World War II staging area where a 10,000-foot runway still exists on the site. It is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage.
Spokesman Michael Thomas said the Boeing 767 was diverted as a precautionary measure after an engine warning signal flashed. No injuries of passengers or crew were reported. Thomas added that another Delta plane was sent to pick up the passengers. State transportation spokeswoman Jill Reese confirmed that that plane departed from Cold Bay just before 4 p.m.
The Delta emergency landing was definitely the right thing to do in order to keep everyone safe. Airplanes are full of technological sophistication and that sometimes means they have a signal that may be overly sensitive to any kind of glitch.