Update at 9:50 p.m.: Officials believe the Seattle-bound plane encountered a bird strike that prompted its return to Oakland. The aircraft is undergoing a maintenance inspection, according to Alaska Airlines.
Original post: An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle had to return to Oakland International Airport about 10 minutes after it departed shortly before 7 p.m. Friday.
Alaska Airlines flight 349 left at 6:57 p.m. and landed at the airport at 7:07 p.m., according to FlightAware.com.
The flight was scheduled to arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 8:29 p.m.
It’s unclear why the Boeing 737-800 was diverted back to Oakland.
A plane bound for Seattle from Boise, Idaho, made an emergency landing in Pasco on Thursday. The plane, operated by Horizon Air, with 76 passengers and four crew members, landed at Tri-Cities Airport shortly after 4 p.m.