STRANDED UNITED AIRLINES PASSENGERS FINALLY LEAVE AMERICAN SAMOA

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 15, 2001 - PIDP/CPIS)--A second United Airlines B747 jet arrived at Pago Pago International Airport Monday to pick up the more than 300 stranded passengers and crew.

Their original flight, from Melbourne to Los Angeles, was diverted to the Territory Sunday evening when smoke was reported in the cockpit.

The second aircraft was dispatched out of Honolulu and arrived in Pago Pago Monday at 2:30 p.m. (local time) carrying a group of mechanics to determine the cause of the smoke and perform any necessary repairs.

How long the first aircraft will remain on the ground is not immediately known.

According to Jason Pritchard of Samoa Air, the second jumbo departed at about 4:15 p.m. without any problems and was scheduled to arrived in Honolulu before midnight Monday.

The stop in Honolulu was required to allow the aircraft to pick up a new flight crew. Then it was to continue on to Los Angeles.

United Airlines’ media specialist Matt Triaca, in a telephone interview from the airline’s headquarters in Chicago, said that the flight crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The source of the smoke is not immediately known.

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