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21st Oct 2004, 13:34
Trans-Pacific flight lands at Cold Bay
EMERGENCY: The Continental jet had to shut down an engine.

The Associated Press

(Published: October 20, 2004)

A Continental Airlines jet bound for Houston from Tokyo had engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday at the Alaska Peninsula town of Cold Bay.

Flight 6, a two-engine Boeing 777 carrying 241 passengers and 16 crew members, landed just after 5 a.m. at Cold Bay's airport, according to Rahsaan Johnson, a spokesman for the Houston-based airline. No injuries were reported.

"They were having problems with one engine, so they shut that one down and put the plane down before anything got worse," said Gordon Bliss, an operations officer with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Continental spokesman David Messing said pilots on the flight got warning of reduced oil pressure in one engine, which was shut down as a precaution. Procedure then called for the plane to be diverted to the nearest airport, he said.

Cold Bay, with about 95 residents, is about 642 miles southwest of Anchorage. The passengers were taken to Cold Bay's community center and school and were brought food and drink by residents, said Karen Montoya, public affairs officer for the Aleutians East Borough

A replacement jet was flown from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport to pick up the passengers, Messing said. It was expected to leave Cold Bay on Tuesday evening.

Flight 6 took off from Tokyo at 3:31 p.m., Messing said. It landed at Cold Bay at 5:08 a.m., the FAA said.

Cold Bay has a 10,000-foot runway capable of landing large jets. It was built by the military during World War II and is the fifth-largest runway in the state, Montoya said.

In 2001, Delta Flight 79 carrying 220 passengers and crew members from Los Angeles to Tokyo also made an emergency landing at Cold Bay.
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