Northwest airliner diverts to Anchorage

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Northwest Airlines 747 jet on a trans-Pacific flight with 349 passengers diverted to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Saturday evening after the pilot noticed a glitch in one of its four engines, according to airline officials.

The 349 passengers and 18 crew members en route from San Francisco to Tokyo spent the night in Anchorage at the airline's expense and resumed the trip Sunday afternoon on a different 747 aircraft, said Northwest spokesman Doug Killian in Minneapolis.

''The pilot had an irregularity in the No. 4 engine, but it was never turned off,'' Killian said. ''It was not described as a major problem, but they thought the prudent thing to do was divert to Anchorage and have the plane looked at by maintenance.''

The original jet will be flown to the airline's main maintenance facility in Minneapolis, Killian said.

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