Engine problem on Delta flight from Alaska, flight diverted

A Delta Air Lines flight from Anchorage to Atlanta safely diverted to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport early Thursday morning when one of its engines was shut down after a possible power surge, a spokesman said.

“While it’s still early and technicians are continuing their look at the engine, this was not an outright fire,” Morgan Durrant said. “An engine was shut down after a temperature indication was seen by the flight crew.”

A Seattle television station had reported flames could be seen from the engine of the Boeing 767-300.

Durrant said, “… it appears to have been a power surge. Though rare, engines are designed to handle this event and it can result in an engine tailpipe flame as fuel and oxygen are expunged from the surging engine. It’s a safety design feature.”

No one was reported injured.

There were 255 passengers and 8 crew members on board, and all passengers are being put on other flights, Durrant said.

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