Slide deployment delays flight in Wrangell


Don Koenigs / Submitted photo

An Alaska Airlines jet rests on the tarmac Saturday with an emergency slide accidentally deployed. The deployment caused a six-hour delay on the northbound flight.

WRANGELL - An emergency slide on an Alaska Airlines jet plane deployed accidentally Saturday, delaying a north-bound flight for several hours at Wrangell Airport, according to a spokesperson for the company.

Airlines staff were opening the hatch for off-loading when the plane's emergency slide deployed. Pictures, widely circulated on Facebook, show the slide deployed perpendicular to the ground. No one was injured in the mishap and passengers were able to disembark, said spokesperson Nancy Trott.

The flight typically stops in Wrangell for about 30 minutes, according to departure and arrival...

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