Emergency landing on remote island off Alaska a reminder of when airline operated ‘its own airport’

Almost 200 Delta Airlines passengers travelling from Beijing (PEK) to Seattle (SEA) had an unexpected 12-hour stopover on Christmas Eve, when their Boeing 767-300ER made an emergency landing on the remote island of Shemya, in the Aleutian archipelago. Engine trouble was the reported cause, and while the incident was unusual, it was not unique. More than 290 Los Angeles-bound Cathay Pacific passengers and crew had a similar experience in July 2015, when smoke was detected on the flight deck of…

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