Alaska Air flight makes emergency landing in Barrow

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002

BARROW (AP) -- An Alaska Airlines flight from Barrow to Anchorage had to make an emergency landing Wednesday night just after takeoff when one of the engines failed.

None of the 49 passengers or four crew members aboard the 737-200 were injured, Alaska Airlines spokesman Jack Walsh.

The plane had taken off at about 7:48 p.m. and was forced to land when the right engine failed, Walsh said.

The passengers were put on another flight about six hours later. Walsh said a new engine was being flown to Barrow. The disabled engine would be swapped out and the plane would be put back into service, he said.

Passenger Tom Clement of Montgomery, Ala. said he knew something was wrong as soon as he heard the engine go out and felt the plane lurch to the left. Clement is a private pilot.

''I felt the lurch, the loss of power and I understood that at 400 feet it's not supposed to do that,'' Clement said.

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