AA 777 to Tokyo Makes Emergency Landing in AK

Monday, Jul 12, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM CDT
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AA 777 to Tokyo Makes Emergency Landing in AK

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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.

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