Another Alaska Airlines Incident
From today's AIAA newsletter:
Alaska Airlines Jet Looses Cabin Pressure, Prompts Emergency Landing.
ABC World News (8/8, story 3, 2:25, Stephanopoulos, 8.2M) reported that an Alaska Airlines passenger jet bound for Seattle "made an emergency landing" at San Jose International "when a pilot reported a, quote, 'catastrophic electrical failure.' So bad that the auto pilot spontaneously turned off." Reporter Jim Avila added that ears popped "plane-wide as the 737 with 131 passengers and flight crew momentarily" lost "enough cabin pressurization to cause a painful alert that something is wrong." Once the plane landed safely, "mechanics...find it's a simple mechanical control near the landing gear telling the plane it's on the ground, not flying, turning off pressurization and the auto pilot."