Alaska Airlines Airbus A321NEO Diverts to Philadelphia

An Alaska Airlines Airbus A321NEO enroute from Los Angeles to New York made an emergency landing in Philadelphia over concerns raised by an oil pressure warning, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed.

“Alaska Airlines 1420 landed safely at Philadelphia International Airport at 8:53 a.m. today after the crew shut down an engine due to an oil pressure warning indication,” reads a statement issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The engine shut-down, a CFM Leap 1-A, was installed on the right-hand side operating as the #2 engine. The aircraft was delivered new to Alaska Airlines—then Virgin America—back in May 2017. It is not known whether the troubled engine was delivered new with the aircraft or fitted post-delivery.

“The flight originated at Los Angeles International Airport and was headed to John F. Kennedy International Airport when it diverted.”

A representative from Philadelphia International Airport confirmed to Fox News that the aircraft landed safely on Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported.


The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate the incident.

The incident comes just 3 days after the second Thai Lion Air Boeing 737MAX 9—HS-LSI—made an emergency landing after its CFM Leap 1-B made “two, loud popping sounds” shortly after take-off. That aircraft was delivered new to Thai Lion Air on May 2, 2018.

CFM, a joint-venture between GE Aviation and Safran S.A., has come under scrutiny following last month’s incident aboard Southwest Airlines 1380. That incident was caused after a fan blade separated from its core, causing damage to the engine and sent shrapnel through the leading edge and a window, killing one passenger. The troubled engine in that accident was a CFM 56-7predecessoresser to CFM’s newest, next-generation engine, the Leap 1.


Portions of this article were obtained from Fox News.