Thursday, September 22, 2011

4 Emergency Landings at Guam International Airport Within Past 2 Weeks: United/Continental Says "Safety is Our Top Priority"

Guam - In reaction to the recent rash of emergency landings at Guam International Airport, United/Continental issued a statement today [Friday] saying that the airline "never compromises on safety - it's our top priority."

The statement was issued in response to a request for comment from PNC News following 4 emergency landings by inbound Continental flight to Guam International Airport within the past 2 weeks.

United/Continental's Director of Corporate Communications for the Asia-Pacific Region, Koji Nagata, goes on to state in his release:

"We treat any issue aboard our aircraft seriously and our pilots will not hesitate to declare an emergency, when the situation warrants, in ensuring landing priority and returning our passengers and crew safely to the ground as quickly as possible. Typically a declaration of an emergency is precautionary in nature, as was true with both cases in question, and the situations were effectively managed without incident."

The string of 4 emergency landings began last week, on Sunday September 11th, when the Fiji flight reported a malfunction with its air-speed indicator.

Two days later a flight from Fukoda Japan had to make an emergency landing under Alert-2 conditions [the second highest level of alert]. It reported problems with one of its landing gear. A similar landing gear problem was reported on a flight from the Marshall Islands, also last week.

And yesterday morning [Thursday] Airport Fire & Rescue Units scrambled once again for an Alert 1 emergency landing [Alert 1 is the lowest level of alert]. A continental flight from Cairns that they were experiencing air speed and altitude equipment failure.
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All 4 of the flights landed safely and without incident.

READ the statement from United/Continental's Koji Nagata in FULL below:

"United/Continental never compromises on safety – it’s our top priority. We treat any issue aboard our aircraft seriously and our pilots will not hesitate to declare an emergency, when the situation warrants, in ensuring landing priority and returning our passengers and crew safely to the ground as quickly as possible. Typically a declaration of an emergency is precautionary in nature, as was true with both cases in question, and the situations were effectively managed without incident," stated Koji Nagata, Director of Corporate Communications for United / Continental Airlines. "We are proud of our more than 40 years of reliable service to the Guam and Micronesia community. As we go forward to complete the merger, we remain committed to providing our community with safe, clean, and reliable service."
http://www.pacificnewscenter.com

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