Sea-Tac Airport affected by San Francisco plane crash

Staff writersJuly 6, 2013 

The crash of an Asiana Airlines 777 at San Francisco International Airport Saturday saw repercussions from Paris to Seoul to Seattle.

At Sea-Tac Airport, eight flights bound for San Francisco were diverted Saturday afternoon, five from Alaska Airlines. and one each from United Airlines, Virgin American and Skywest Airlines. Flights were diverted to San Jose, Sacramento and Oakland. One flight returned to Sea-Tac.

Two United flights and two Skywest flights were cancelled, along with one flight with Virgin.

Four international flights bound for San Francisco on the polar route were diverted to Sea-Tac on Saturday: British Airways Flight 285 from London, Emirates Airline Flight 225 from Dubai, United Airlines Flight 907 from Frankfurt and an Air France flight from Paris.

“Each airline will determine if the flight will deplane and end here or hold for further instructions. Passengers should check with their airlines for departure or arrival information,” said Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper.

He suggested that interested persons could also check the Sea-Tac flight information website.

Flights to Sea-Tac scheduled to leave San Francisco as late as 10:55 p.m. were cancelled by Skywest, Virgin, United and Alaska.

Two flights, one Alaska and one Virgin, were en route to San Francisco late Saturday evening.

The aircraft that crashed was a Boeing 777-200ER produced in Everett. It was the extended range version of the 777-200 model plane delivered to Asiana Airlines of Korea on July 3,2006. The aircraft was one of 12 777s in Asiana's fleet.

The plane was powered by two Pratt & Whitney engines.

The similar crash of a British Airways 777-200ER at London's Heathrow Airport of Jan. 17, 2008 was attributed to ice in the fuel that  blocked fuel flow to the Rolls Royce engines on that plane. Rolls-Royce modified the fuel heat exchanger on its engines after the crash.

Asiana flies daily between Sea-Tac and Seoul. Saturday's flight, which used an Airbus A330, arrived on time from Seoul at 1:07 p.m.

The plane that crashed had flown from Paris to Seoul before the San Francisco flight.

Asiana has had a near spotless reputation for safety and passenger service.

The 777 has been an exceptionally safe aircraft with just a handful of incidents in nearly two decades in service.

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