Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Boeing 737-400, N797AS

An Alaska Airlines flight making its way from Southern California to Seattle made an emergency landing in San Jose this morning after reporting "catastrophic electrical failure with cabin depressurization," according to the FAA and local fire officials. 

Fire dispatchers received a 911 call from the San Jose airport tower at 7:24 a.m. that the Alaska Airlines flight heading to Seattle had lost cabin pressure and was experiencing "catastrophic electrical failure," according to San Jose Fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez.

The plane, which departed from Ontario airport at 6:28 a.m., landed safely at 7:42 a.m. There were no reported injuries.

It was later reported the aircraft had experienced "minor electrical issues," but did lose cabin pressure, Gutierrez said.

Alaska Airlines did not respond to e-mails seeking further information.

Because of the nature of the call, the fire department responded with several emergency responders, including six ambulances and a trailer capable of dealing with mass casualties, Gutierrez said.

The fire department holds yearly training for potential airport disasters; in March, first responders did a full scale exercise for a plane crash at the San Jose airport.

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