- Feb 5, 2003
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Accident: Alaska Airlines B734 at Sitka on Dec 20th 2008, ground power unit causes carbon monoxide poisoningBy Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Dec 21st 2008 16:18Z, last updated Sunday, Dec 21st 2008 16:18ZThe crew of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-400, flight AS-73 from Sitka,AK to Juneau,AK (USA) with 83 passengers, declared emergency while on approach to Juneau due to medical emergencies on board. 3 crew and one passenger had gone ill during the flight and were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning by emergency doctors responding to the emergency call. The four were subsequently delivered to a hospital.
A ground power unit at Sitka is suspected to have produced fumes causing the illnesses. Alaska Airlines however can not yet confirm the carbon monoxide poisoning stating, that this was a diagnose by first time responders. Alaska Airlines is still investigating what caused the illnesses.
I don't know about the title of the article, but it's a little disturbing.
Sadly, I'm not surprised by this. We don't need an "APU Sheriff," we need a ground HVAC Task Force.