Cxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4264 times:
Here we go ....
1991, flying from the old KUL Subang (now SZB) to LHR on 9M-MHO, a Malaysian 744. This is quite a long flight as you'll know if you've ever done it.
15 minutes from LHR, we were told the fog had dropped over LHR and the visibilty was then too low and we were diverting to LGW. The landing at LGW was incredibly bumpy due to heavy fog there too and touch down was way down the runway so maximum reverse thrust was in order.
My friend was thrilled as he lived only 8 miles from LGW but alas, as MH don't have agents at LGW, we were made to sit onboard for over 3 hours until the fog at LHR had lifted sufficiently for us to go on.
We took off (a very short take off indeed) from LGW headed for LHR. It would've been quicker to drive .... it took us an hour including sitting in the stack at LHR. I don't know what constitutes a near miss but at one point a 757 flew over us cross-ways so low that if I'd been looking at the right time, I'd have probably seen the reg!
We finally made our approach in what was still thick fog, we can only have been at 100 feet or so and the pilot decided to go around; engines roared and flaps up as we climbed like a rocket!
I have to say, I've never been happier to step off a plane than on that flight, apporx 17.5 hours since boarding!
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4258 times:
I'd love to but there are too many to remember! Those which do stand out as best I can figure out and not in any order:
RSW-IAH divert to MSY.....thunderstorms at IAH....sat for 2 hours.
RSW-IAH divert to SAT......around back side of thunderstorms along the coast for gas at SAT then go, totaly ground time maybe 20 minutes.
SNA-IAH divert to CRP.......thunderstorms at IAH from tropical storm....seemed like forever at CRP we sat but had the only jetway, fuel truck and tug for CO at that time of night! We got out early after 5 hours compared to the other IAH diverts some 12 or so I think.
IAH-DFW divert back to IAH...thunderstorms at DFW, lukcy me I went home.
EWR-IAH divert to EFD.....fog and RVR below 600' went for gas and then more holding before getting in.
GSO-IAH divert to MSY.....guess what, thunderstorms at IAH.....sat for 4 hours as all the mainline CO aircraft got gas while the 3 RJ's waited, but at least we had ice/drinks and good seat.
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TurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1456 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4205 times:
I was to fly ZRH-MUC-LAX on LH and then on to LAS on WN. The equipment between MUC and LAX was an A 340. A very uneventful journey was about to come to an end when the pilot announced that we had to land in LAS (very ironic) to refuel due to unexpectedly strong headwinds. We were about to land at LAS when the plane lifted off again as there was a small jet on the runway. We circled over LAS (very bumpy) and landed at the second attempt. Because it was an unscheduled stop, it took very long to refuel. So I missed my connection to LAS. But WN staff at LAX were extremely nice to put me on the next available flight at no charge.
AirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4182 times:
Delta from SFO to DFW went to LAS for medical, TWA SFO to BOS turned around and returned to SFO due to engine failure after an hour in flight, North Central MQT to MSP ended up in DTW due to snow, and AA ORD to BRU ended up at CDG.