Entries in Alaska Airlines (5)


Man Tries to Open Emergency Exit Door on Alaska Airlines Flight

Comstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- An Arizona man is under arrest in Portland, Ore., after allegedly trying to open an emergency exit door onboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland Monday morning.

The plane, Alaska Airlines flight 132, was about 10 minutes away from landing in Portland when the suspect, 23-year-old Alexander Michael Herrera, tried to open the emergency row door, according to the airline.

The emergency door is equipped with a lock preventing anyone from opening it during the flight, but it still caused a scare.

“I awoke to a loud hissing noise and then lots of screaming,” recounted Ryan Oelrich, a passenger on flight 132. “My first thought was that the plane must be going down.”

Luckily, flight crew and nearby passengers were able to wrestle Herrera away from the door.

“They jumped on him, they took him down, they held him down until the flight attendants could get there with restraints and those passengers continued to help them restrain this individual who was just uh, you know, wanting to get out mid-flight,” Oelrich said.

Passengers and crew members who were interviewed by Port of Portland Police officers said Herrera made unusual statements before he tried to open the door. However federal officials declined to elaborate on what Herrera allegedly said.

According to a statement from the airline, Herrera sat calmly in his seat for the rest of the flight once he was restrained. He was arrested when the plane landed at 5:23 a.m.

There were 137 people onboard the plane.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Alaska Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Passes Out

ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- An Alaska Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Portland, Ore., Thursday night after the pilot lost consciousness.

The co-pilot on Flight 473 from Los Angeles to Seattle made the landing at Portland International Airport a little after 9 p.m. local time, according to Paul McElroy, a spokesman for Alaska Airlines.

McElroy said the pilot suffered from a medical condition, but declined to name specifics, citing company policy.

The Boeing 737-700 carrying 116 passengers and five crew members landed safely.  It is unclear whether the passengers were told of the pilot's condition.

A doctor on board tended to the pilot after he passed out as the co-pilot took control of the plane, McElroy said.

Portland Fire Department and other emergency workers met the plane at the gate, McElroy said.

The pilot was taken away in an ambulance and brought to a hospital, according to McElroy.  The airline has not identified the pilot but said he has been flying with Alaska Airlines for 28 years.  The first officer has been flying for Alaska Airlines for 11 years.

A flight crew was flown in and the remaining passengers continued to Seattle on the same plane overnight.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Alaska Air Scare Due to Mechanical Malfunction

File photo. Air Alaska(SEATTLE) -- Passengers flying from Ontario, Calif., to Seattle Wednesday said a chorus of angry infants was their first clue of a problem aboard Alaska Airlines flight 539.

"All the babies were crying at the same time," said passenger Roslyn Richardson, who was flying with her husband and 20-month-old son.

Fliers said their ears also started popping as the 737, carrying 131 passengers and five crew members momentarily lost cabin pressurization.

"My ears about blew up on me," said Dick Peck. "We're halfway from Ontario to here and we're up to our max altitude and ... my ears started hurting. ... And I looked around and everyone else was grabbing their ears."

In the cockpit, pilots sent an emergency call from 25,000 feet to Federal Aviation Administration controllers, asking for priority landing at San Jose Airport. They told controllers that they were in the midst of a "catastrophic electrical failure with loss of some flight controls and cabin pressure."

"The captain said: 'We're really sorry, but we have a problem with the cabin pressure, but it's under control now.' And I felt like the plane was going down and sure enough it was," his wife, Carol Peck, said.

Thinking the electrical system was malfunctioning, pilots opted for an immediate yet controlled descent.

Mechanics later found that an "air-ground censor," a simple mechanical control near the landing gear, had malfunctioned. The censor had relayed to the airborne plane that it was on the ground and the aircraft had turned off the automatic flight controls and cabin pressurization.

"If it thinks it's on the ground, it's gonna wanna pull those throttles all the way back so that there is no more thrust coming out of the engine," said ABC News consultant Stephen Ganyard, a former fighter pilot and deputy secretary of state.

The pilots took over the plane manually and a backup system corrected the pressurization. There was no deployment of masks and Alaska Air said a backup system had immediately restored air pressure in the cabin.

"When the systems are not working properly, they need to know how to manually fly their airplane and bring it back safely," Ganyard said.

A spokesperson for the airline told ABC News that Alaska Airlines was making sure its passengers reached their destinations Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines swapped out a smaller plane that had been scheduled for a noon flight from San Jose to Seattle for a larger aircraft to accommodate larger number of fliers. Passengers like Richardson, however, were taking a shuttle to Oakland, Calif., and then flying to Seattle -- arriving eight hours later than originally expected.

"I'm just glad we're safe," she said. "That's what we were thinking at the end."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Alaska Airlines Passenger’s Confidence Shaken by Message on Wing

Boeing247/ -- While aboard an Alaska Airlines flight leaving Burbank, Calif. bound for Seattle, Wash., a passenger looked out a window to see a handwritten message scrawled on what appeared to be a damaged area of the plane’s wing.

“We know about this,” the note said. Below the message, an arrow pointed down to a portion of the wing that appeared to be missing.

The passenger took a picture and uploaded it to social news website Reddit under the name Boeing247.

“The maintenance team for this Alaska Airlines 737 sure knows how to instill passenger confidence,” Boeing247 said. “The method of communication here shows a unique level of professionalism.”

Commentors on the posting weighed in on the airlines’ unorthodox policy, including one Delta airlines operations employee.

“This is for the ground personnel meeting the arriving aircraft (parkers), who are required to inspect the ship and document any damage found on arrival. Marking apparent damage prevents reports from being filed at each station at which the aircraft arrives,” the employee said.  “Delta does not do this and we inefficiently file a report tens of times for damage that has already been documented, creating needless redundant emails and work.”

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said that the photo showed a permanent approved trim repair to the corner flap of the right wing, and that the plane was absolutely safe to fly.

“The small indent shown in the photo was reported multiple times in multiple flight crew reports. A maintenance technician wrote on the wing to acknowledge to flight crews that the repair was made, documented and that the plane was airworthy,” she said.

Egan said the airline immediately removed the message from the wing upon hearing about it, and apologized for any alarm it may have caused.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Rashes, Hair Loss Caused by Flight Attendant Uniforms

Comstock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Alaska Airlines flight attendants say their uniforms are causing rashes and hair loss.

According to Seattle’s King 5 News , the year-old uniforms may contain Tributyl phosphate. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants said 10 percent of the airline’s 2,800 attendants are suffering from itching, hair loss, and other adverse health reactions.

One flight attendant told King 5 News, “I’ve never had a uniform like this. I broke out this week. I broke out on my back first, then on my legs. I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s the uniform. But, I didn’t have it until I flew 6-7 days in a row and then I started breaking out.”

In a statement to the station, Andy Schneider, Alaska Airlines Vice President of Inflight Services said “The safety of Alaska Airlines employees is paramount, and we’ve been working closely with our people and the two unions that represent them to resolve this issue. Numerous tests by three different labs have been unable to determine the cause of the physical reactions, which affected a limited number of our uniformed employees. While the vast majority of those affected are no longer having problems, we’ve provided two alternate uniforms to those who are. Alaska will work with the two employee work groups and unions affected to develop standards for sourcing, materials and other manufacturing issues to make sure that any uniform our people wear is safe and comfortable.”

Alaska Airlines did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio