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Delta MD-11 diverts to Cold Bay.

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Quite a hospitable bunch of people. They were outnumbered 3 to 1 by their visitors!

Delta Air Lines Says Thanks to Alaska Village

ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines is saying a big "thank you" to an Alaska town that gave a gracious welcome to a Delta flight diverted there in a precautionary landing on March 23.

Residents of Cold Bay, Alaska, -- population 69 -- took 220 passengers and crew members into their homes, cooked breakfast and provided blankets after Delta Flight 79, a McDonnell-Douglas 11 (MD-11) aircraft, made an unscheduled stop at the Alaska Peninsula village en route to Tokyo from Los Angeles.

"Cold Bay provided a very warm welcome to our passengers and crew," said Mac Armstrong, Delta's executive vice president - operations. "The residents went out of their way to be helpful and treat everyone on Flight 79 like old friends. We would like to extend a little Delta hospitality in return."

The town sent both its school buses, joined by volunteers with minivans, to the local airfield and shuttled passengers to the Cold Bay School gym, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service housing, and the two local inns. A number of passengers traveling with children were welcomed into nearby homes, while several Cold Bay residents stayed up all night cooking biscuits, bacon, salmon and rice for the travelers.

In gratitude for the town's hospitality, Delta will provide $7,000 to enable Cold Bay to receive a matching grant from the state of Alaska for a new two-way radio system for local emergency medical technicians (EMT). Delta also sent a gift of 50 cases of fresh fruit and vegetables not grown on the windswept tundra and will send Delta T-shirts for the kids at Cold Bay School.

Jim Zerbe, Delta's station manger in Anchorage, will present a check to the mayor, as well as a plaque officially thanking the people of Cold Bay, in a ceremony this week.

Cold Bay has a 10,000-foot runway dating back to World War II days, when the location was used as a military staging point. Today, the runway is an alternate landing site for the space shuttle. SOURCE Delta Air Lines, Inc.

FAA Initial Report.
B. Reg. No.: DAL79 M/M: MD11 Desc: MD-11
Activity: Business Phase: Cruise GA-A/C: Air Carrier
Descr: DAL79 EN ROUTE TO COLD BAY REPORTED SMOKE IN THE CABIN, ACFT CURRENTLY 49N 168W SOUTH OF ALEUTIAN CHAIN, NO ETA FOR COLD BAY, ACFT CURRENTLY IN OAKLAND AIRSPACE, 240209 ACFT DUMPING FUEL, ETA COLD BAY 0229Z,; 240247 ACFT LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, 235 SOB, COLD BAY, AK
 

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