Posted: Jul 13, 2010 6:58 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Updated: Jul 13, 2010 6:59 AM
American Airlines says one of its jets made an emergency landing on an island in Alaska's Aleutians after a fire warning light went off.
Company spokesman Tim Smith says Flight 175, en route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Tokyo, landed safely on Shemya Island shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday. It turned out there was no fire, despite the warning light from a cargo compartment of the Boeing 777.
Smith says the 197 passengers were evacuated while the cargo was removed.
The jet later flew to Anchorage, arriving just before 4 a.m. Monday.
The Coast Guard says it initially was told the plane was on fire. Petty Officer Chris Gauthier says the Coast Guard had a C-130 on standby on Kodiak Island, but it was not deployed.