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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Another Alaskan flight diverted

Seattle Times staff

An Alaska Airlines flight from Ontario, Calif., to Seattle Wednesday morning had to change course and land in Los Angeles after a "possible depressurization issue," the airline said .

Flight 397 left Ontario at 6:37 a.m. and landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 7:16 a.m., said Alaska spokeswoman Amanda Tobin. There were no injuries and oxygen masks did not drop, Tobin said. The 121 people on board the Boeing MD-80 were put on other Alaska flights from Los Angeles to Seattle.

Alaska Airlines has had four similar problems in the last two months, including one Tuesday in which oxygen masks dropped during a flight from Portland to Denver.

The incidents don't appear to be connected, but the airline is investigating each of them, Tobin said.

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