TexaSkies From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 23 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12513 times:
I am curious as to where airline flights were diverted, when the US airspace was closed on 9/11. I know the list of cities and flights is probably huge. Being a new user to this system I apologize if this is an old subject, I just have not seen it listed before.
EALSYS1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 229 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12431 times:
I can tell you that flights were generally diverted to the nearest airport period. I had friends on 4 flights that day. One was MIA-LAS via DEN and they landed in Birmingham, AL. Another was a MIA-LAS nonstop, they landed in MSY. Another was PHL-LAS, she returned to PHL. I was on MIA-LAS via DFW in a 777. We were over Louisiana when all flights were ordered down immediately, but since we were in a 777 we got clearance to fly through to DFW. I guess we couldn't land the beast anywhere else. I guess you can tell by now that my company had a national meeting in Las Vegas that day and none of us made it there. Thankfully my company lost no one from the 3000+ employees flying that day. We did have a couple of girls that missed the AA flight out of BOS. They really got lucky!
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12320 times:
>>>I know the list of cities and flights is probably huge.
Almost all of Southwest's flights at the time ended up at "online" airports (with SWA service), and only three (3) didn't. One went to Colorado Springs, CO (COS), another went to Moline, IL (MLI), and the third went went to Grand Rapids. MI (GRR). Fortunately, the 737 can get into most airports, and needs only rudimentary ground support, namely, ground stairs.
I recall seeing a newswire picture that showed a UAL 757 (diverted to Garden City KS (GCK) having to deplane pax with airport fire department equipment due to the absence of ground support at that airport. One can only image the hassles involved had that been a widebody going into an airport like that...
Canuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 12190 times:
A client of mine was enroute to YYZ from ATH via LHR on a BA744. About an hour from the Canadian coast, the pilot announced they may have to turn back as all borders in the USA had been closed and Canadian airports were full.
They eventually made it all the way to YYZ without any diversions, but can you imagine what must have been going through the minds of the pax? On the ground, we all knew what was going on, but onboard they had no idea.
While it certainly doesn't compare to the trauma endured by the victims, nor their friends and families, I can only imagine how panicked those aboard felt while flying in other aircraft.
CO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 12069 times:
My dad flew EWR-BOS that morning, and was preparing to fly back to EWR when the airpace was closed. The plane was already boarding, and everyone got off. He got a hotel in Peabody (it was the closest to BOS available). He was going to overnight in LAS that night. instead he flew out on the 13 or 14 on a repositioning flight to BWI (he was the second departure from BOS).
There must be some other pilot stories from that day
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Cha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 799 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 12058 times:
My grandmother was on DL 106 (or was it 107?) from BOM-FRA-JFK. Several hours before landing, the pilot told them that the plane was being diverted to Halifax due to a "National Emergency" in the US. After landing, the pilot told everybody on board what had happened. My grandmother was in Halifax for 4 days. Long story short, a wonderful Canadian couple took my grandmother into their home and made her comfortable there. The flight then took off from Halifax and went to Atlanta and she was then routed to LGA. I remember the morning that my Dad and I went to pick her up (it was Saturday September 15) and both of us remarked about how few planes were over the New York sky. The mood at the airport was miserable.
Anyway, point being, thanks Canada and all of the wonderful Canadians who helped their southern neighbor. Americans should think about this the next time they make an anti-Canadian remark or do any Canada bashing.
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EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5150 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11983 times:
My best friend was on SQ221 from Singapore to Sydney (9/11) and when he got on the ground he had no idea what had happened until we broke the news. He mentioned that during the flight the IFE was switched OFF. Good idea.
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F9Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 703 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11830 times:
From Frontier Airlines archived press releases:
Frontier Airlines Updates Operations Status
DENVER (Sept. 11, 2001) - Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) ) reports that all Frontier aircraft are accounted for and are on the ground as of 10:15 a.m. MDT. Effective immediately, the airline has suspended operations for the remainder of today, Sept. 11, 2001. Frontier will issue flight updates through the media and on the airline's web site at www.frontierairlines.com.
All Frontier passengers scheduled to travel between today and Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001 will be allowed to cancel their flight for a full refund or make changes without penalty for travel up to one year from their originally scheduled date of travel. Frontier will accommodate confirmed passengers on new flights, as soon as possible.
Frontier requests that all passengers refrain from going to the airport until Frontier has provided further clarification on its flight schedule.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11719 times:
My mom, grandmother and aunt were flying BA LHR-LAX that day. They boarded the plane, taxied out, then the captain said over the PA that they had to return to the gate due to "unfortunate circumstances." They deplaned and waited in the boarding area for a while. Then the airport people distributed a paper to everyone explaining the situation. So my family got stuck in London for 3 or 4 days waiting for a flight to go home. They said that the British people were extremely nice to them.
American757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11582 times:
EALSYS1, I cant even imagine the feeling those girls must have had knowing they could have been on that plane. That in itself would probably cause me to be a wreck. I cant beleive how many planes some of the airports had.