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Delta flight makes emergency landing in Alaska

Tokyo-San Francisco flight lands at a remote airport in the Aleutian Islands after an indicator light goes off.

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The small settlement of Cold Bay in Alaska. (Wikimedia commons)

A Delta Airlines flight bound for San Francisco from Tokyo was forced to make an emergency landing in the remote Aleutian Islands community of Cold Bay on Wednesday, after an indicator light went off in the cockpit. 

The Boeing 767-300ER touched down around 6:00 a.m., after flight crew decided to divert the flight "out of an abundance of caution," according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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Eleven crew members and 167 passengers were on board the flight after it made the unanticipated stop in Cold Bay, with no injuries reported.

The engine of the plane was never shut down during flight, according to the Associated Press. To get the passengers on their way, Delta deployed a replacement plane and a maintenance crew to the Alaskan town. 

Cold Bay — the furtherest settlement on the tip of Alaska's peninsula — is a very small townwith a very large 10,000 foot long airport runway, and is a designated stopping point for airplanes making the run over the oceans.

Passengers were able to leave the area on the replacement plane around 4:00 p.m., ending an unanticipated, chilly day. 

The last time a flight was forced to make an emergency landing here was in 2001, when a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo made a precautionary Cold Bay stop. 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/131030/delta-flight-makes-emergency-landing-alaska