A Delta Airlines flight traveling to South Korea made an emergency landing at Fairbanks International Airport on Tuesday due to an engine problem.
Delta Flight 159, an Airbus A350-900 twin-jet, left Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport at 8:43 a.m. Alaska time and was traveling to Incheon International Airport in South Korea when the flight diverted to Fairbanks at 3:47 p.m.
The Fairbanks airport was notified of the diversion at about 2:15 p.m., and the aircraft landed safely at 3:46 p.m. with 189 passengers and crew on board, according to a news release from the airport.
"We did receive information that we had an incoming, inbound mechanical issue, so our airport police and fire as well as our maintenance operations crews prepared the runway for arrival,” said Melissa Stepovich, airport communications and marketing manager, prior to the issuing of the news release.
Safety personnel were on scene for the landing, Stepovich added.
No information about the nature of the mechanical problem was provided. Delta Airlines was not immediately available for comment.
The passengers will spend Tuesday night in Fairbanks, according to the news release. Passengers are expected to resume their trip Wednesday morning following the arrival of a replacement aircraft from Delta.
Explore Fairbanks assisted with finding lodging for the passengers.
Delta began offering the Detroit-Seoul flight on Nov. 18, 2017. An Airbus A350-900 landed at Incheon International Airport on Nov. 19, officially debuting in Korea, according to Delta Airlines' website.
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