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Sparks Fly from Alaska Airlines Plane After it Lands in Southern California During Tropical Storm Hilary

by Cody Doyle
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Sparks flew from an Alaska Airlines plane soon after it landed Sunday night in Southern California because of an issue with its landing gear, the airline said.

Alaska Airlines Flight 1288 was unable to taxi to the gate upon arrival at John Wayne Airport in Orange County when it landed at 11:15 p.m. PT.

The flight, which took off from Seattle, had 106 passengers and six crew members on board.

The main landing gear collapsed, and the plane was “resting on its engine,” according to a call from the scene to Orange County Fire Authority.

Video believed to have been taken by a passenger of Flight 1288 shows sparks and smoke coming from the side of the plane after it lands. Screams can be heard from the cabin after the hard landing.

“Holy s—,” a passenger is heard saying. “There’s sparks outside.”

The incident happened as Tropical Storm Hilary slammed Southern California on Sunday with a deluge of rain, flooding roadways and breaking rainfall records in parts of the region as it made its historic arrival. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for much of Southern California, with flash flood warnings until early Monday. 

An emergency response was requested, and all 112 people got off the plane on the airfield using air stairs. No injuries were reported, the airport said in a statement.

“All of them are safe,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement. “The aircraft parked on a taxiway, where it remains, and everyone exited the aircraft safely. They were then taken by bus to the terminal.”

Source : NBC News

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