July 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Sea-Tac Airport affected by crash in San Francisco
Four international flights heading to San Francisco International Airport have been diverted to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper, because of the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane in California today.
An Air France flight from Paris and an Emirates flight from Dubai had its passengers deplane at Sea-Tac.
A British Airways flight from London and a United flight from Frankfurt still have their passengers on board at Sea-Tac until those airlines make a decision on deplaning, said Cooper. He said that in long international flights, there is a point where the crews “time out” and can’t continue working.
Asiana does fly in and out of Seattle, and Sea-Tac’s web site shows that an Asiana flight from San Francisco to here and an Asiana flight from here to San Francisco were canceled.
Meanwhile, the FAA said on its website that domestic flights from Sea-Tac to the San Francisco airport “will not be allowed to depart until at or after” 5 p.m. Saturday.
Among airlines flying to San Francisco are Alaska, Southwest and Virgin America. The FAA said passengers should check with the airlines websites about how their specific flights have been affected.
Alaska Airlines said that more than 2,500 passengers could be affected by flights it might divert to San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento Airports as well as flights it has or might cancel.
It said passengers should check its website and said passengers who had been scheduled to fly out of San Francisco through July 9 will be allowed to change tickets through that date without additional fees, if tickets are available.
Cooper said the San Francisco accident also will be affecting flights out of Seattle as gates are full and airplanes are parked, with the airport then having to move planes around to other parking areas.
The FAA also has a website that updates airport delays and closures.
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