Weather Forces Alaska Airlines Flight To Land At JBER

An Alaska Airlines flight from Chicago to Anchorage took an unexpected detour to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Monday afternoon.

“As Flight 139 was preparing to land in Anchorage, a fog bank rolled in and the pilots elected to land at Elmendorf Air Force Base,” Nancy Trott, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines, said.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is an alternate airport for air traffic, if needed.

Passengers were transported to the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport by bus.

The plane refueled at JBER and made the short flight back to the Anchorage airport on Monday afternoon.

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