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Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - Page updated at 11:15 A.M.

Continental trans-Pacific flight makes emergency landing


The Associated Press

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ANCHORAGE — A Continental Airlines jet bound for Houston from Tokyo experienced engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing today at Cold Bay.

Flight 6, a two-engine Boeing 777 carrying 241 passengers and at least 15 crewmembers, landed just after 4 a.m. at Cold Bay's airport, according to Gordon Bliss, an operations officer with the Federal Aviation Administration. No injuries were reported.

"They were having problems with one engine, so they shut that one down and put the plane down before anything got worse," Bliss said.

Continental spokesman David Messing said pilots on the flight received warning of reduced oil pressure in one of the engines, which was shut down as a precaution. Procedure then called for the plane to be diverted to the nearest airport, he said.

Cold Bay is a community of 95 located 642 miles southwest of Anchorage

The passengers were being taken to Cold Bay's community center and school and were brought food and drink by residents, said Karen Montoya, public affairs officer for the Aleutians East Borough.

A replacement jet was to be flown from New York to pick up the passengers, Bliss said.

The flight took off from Tokyo at 3:31 p.m., Messing said. It landed at Cold Bay at 4:07 a.m. Alaska time.

Cold Bay has a 10,000-foot runway capable of landing large jets. It was built by the military during World War II and is the fifth-largest runway in the state, Montoya said.

In 2001, Delta Flight 79 carrying 220 passengers and crew from Los Angeles to Tokyo also made an emergency landing at Cold Bay.

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