Two Northwest passenger jets diverted to Anchorage over weekend

Posted: Monday, April 02, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Nearly 600 passengers bound for Japan from the Lower 48 made unscheduled stops here over the weekend when their Northwest Airlines jets developed problems and had to be diverted.

A spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based carrier said no one was injured and both planes landed safely.

A DC-10 flying from Seattle to Osaka with 248 passengers was diverted Friday afternoon after its No. 2 engine failed, said airline spokeswoman Mary Beth Schubert. She said the aircraft was sent back to Seattle while the passengers spent the night in an Anchorage hotel. They departed for Osaka early Sunday.

A Boeing 747 flying from San Francisco to Norita with 343 passengers was diverted Saturday evening as a precaution after a VCR in the passenger cabin started smoking, Schubert said. The problem was resolved and the plane and its passengers departed for Norita later that evening.

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