Passengers aboard an Alaska Airways flight that landed at John Wayne Airport late Sunday night needed to deplane on the taxiway after the airplane sustained injury to its touchdown gear.
The flight landed at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana round 11:30 p.m., and the crew of the Boeing 737 reported points with the airplane’s touchdown gear because it was taxiing to the gate.
The broken touchdown gear led to the airplane being stopped on the taxiway, the place its passengers unloaded after which have been shuttled to the terminal by bus. The airplane parked on the taxiway, the place it remained in a single day, an official assertion from Alaska Airways reads.
The flight departed from Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport, in line with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Alaska confirmed that there have been 106 folks on board, together with passengers and crew, and no accidents have been reported.
It’s unclear if the touchdown gear was broken throughout the touchdown, or if it was brought on by one thing else.
The FAA is investigating and Alaska’s upkeep crews are inspecting the plane.
“Our focus is taking good care of our visitors who have been on board, together with retrieving their checked luggage. We apologize for the inconvenience and admire their persistence throughout this case,” Alaska Airways mentioned in an announcement. “The security of our visitors and workers is all the time our major precedence. Whereas this incident is a uncommon prevalence, our flight crews practice extensively to securely handle by means of many situations.”
The Orange County Hearth Authority responded to the scene to help with unloading the airplane. Officers mentioned common coaching with the airport ensured that the incident response went easily.