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User currently offlineTexaSkies From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 23 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12019 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.

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User currently offlineEALSYS1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 229 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11937 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!

User currently offlineTristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11930 times:

Many flights coming either to the US from Asia and to the US from Europe landed in Canada.

The scene in Halifax was impressive:


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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11893 times:

I just posted the same two photos as in the above reply, I deleted them.

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11826 times:

>>>I know the list of cities and flights is probably huge.

It was...

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...


User currently offlineCL215T From Canada, joined Sep 2002, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11821 times:

There was also Gander :


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User currently offlineNavairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11762 times:

A friend of mine was en route from NRT-SAN via SEA and was diverted to YVR. He ended up taking a bus from Vancouver to San Diego.

User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11696 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.

No explanation.

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.

G


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11645 times:

My father was in SAN at 6:00AM checking in for a flight to DFW on AA when the news hit the wires. He went through security only to be evacuated about a half an hour later.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineUpsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 816 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11592 times:
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My company was having a meeting in Phoenix and one in Atlanta during the attacks. One of our senior managers was enroute from ATL - PHX and he ended up in MEM.

We were all already at our destination as our meeting started on the 10th. We ended up continuing our meeting and then going home via cars later that week.

A memory that will never fade.

John


User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11575 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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User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11564 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.



You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin
User currently offlineA330Fan1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 856 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 11551 times:

A lot of the transAtlantic flights were diverted to Gander, in northeastern Canada I think.

-A330Fan1


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4973 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11489 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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User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11439 times:

whatever - this is the past and nobody wants it to repeat...
may everyone at a.net please pray for the 3000+ victims and wish ourselves a very peaceful world, at least in the near future.



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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11395 times:

I think there were some flights diverted to Calgary also.

Musapapaya,

I too pray to God, through Jesus, for the victims of 9/11 and there families and loved ones.



God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineF9Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 698 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11336 times:

From Frontier Airlines archived press releases:

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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.

END QUOTE

Source: http://www.frontierairlines.com/news/articleDisplay.asp?article=/general/2001/pr_09112001.news

The BOS-DEN flight was diverted to YYZ and the LGA-DEN flight was diverted to DTW. Those were apparently the only two non-network cities they used.

F9Fan


User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11272 times:

Here's CO's flight status report on 9/11
http://www.continental.com/vendors/default.asp?SID=7E0A26EA32484C9597E2555112A5CB31&s=&i=PRNews


User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11225 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.


Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11240 times:

There was a UA 737 that was flying from YVR-SFO, and diverted to either PDX or EUG.

Absolutely...special thanks to all the wonderful Canadians who helped us out that terrible day.



User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11171 times:

That was really nice of Canada to host all our diverted airplanes for us. Did the U.S. compensate them in any way?


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11163 times:

I believe all of NW flights from Narita-US Mainland were diverted to YVR.


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User currently offlineAcho From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 340 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11122 times:

Where any aircraft diverted to airports in Mexico? It would seem logical to send aircraft to northern Mexico.



User currently offlineAmerican757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 11088 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.

User currently offlineCO2BGR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 558 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11012 times:

As for Mexico:
CO1120 Guatemala City to Houston: Monterrey, Mexico
CO1929 Caracas to Houston: Cozumel, Mexico



There are too many self indulgent weiners in this town with too much bloody money" Randal Raines- Gone in 60 Seconds
25 Neptunescar : on 9/11 i was onboard a UA flight from MIA to SFO on a 762... we took off at 7.30 AM that morning and about 2.5 hours into the flight the the pilot or
26 Canoecarrier : As has been mentioned before, lots of planes ended up in Gandor or Halifax. I had lots of friends in Whitehorse, YK when 9/11 happened, and they told
27 Post contains images Tiger119 : I know that IND had a lot of diversions that morning. I tried to research for an article that was printed in the Indianapolis Star (newspaper) that to
28 Post contains images CPDC10-30 : That was really nice of Canada to host all our diverted airplanes for us. Did the U.S. compensate them in any way? We are compensated every day with
29 BMIFlyer : Many flights were diverted to St. John's, Newfoundland (YYT/CYYT) as well. Thanks Lee
30 BoingGoingGone : My wife and a few co-workers and her boss were stuck in Canada. While she and the rest of the staff were concerned about what was going on and how to
31 7E72004 : I remember working in the city-county building in Indianapolis when they told us to go home early. As i was driving by the airport you could see the p
32 Post contains links and images Jaspike : From an aviation point of view the photos from that day with aircraft parked all over the place are impressive. It's just a shame that we saw these sc
33 Alpha 1 : You know it's bad when FOUR CO planes were diverted to Youngstown, OH. A 764 EWR-HNL (Imagine, going to HNL, and ending up in Youngstown!), an EWR-OAK
34 AirJamPanAm : Why does EVERYTIME we revisit this day as a result of a new thread, the same old feelings come bubbling back? Understandably, new members will ask cer
35 AirbusfanYYZ : Nearly all aircraft more than halfway to the US from International Destinations were diverted to airports all across Canada. I remember driving by YYZ
36 RoyalOrchid773 : I was told that THAI's flight from NRT to LAX was the first international aircraft to land in US soil after the 9/11. The B744 aircraft was accompanie
37 TexaSkies : To all who have answered I certainly appreciate your responses. I was aware of the Canadian diversions and have read the wonderful book, "The Day the
38 B757capt : I saw someones post on UAL at Garden City Kansas and also wanted to point out that Air Canada 767 landed there I have pictures and have tried to submi
39 Starlionblue : How is it that these threads always end up as arguments? I'm not much for writing religious stuff in posts, but as long as the main focus of the post
40 JohnJ : There was a USA Today story on the diversions a couple of years ago. According the article, in the US Memphis and Indianapolis handled the most divers
41 Cmckeithen : If any one has the numbers of how many diversons MSY handeled that day I would greatly appreciate it. And looking at those pic's, when the airspaces r
42 Neptunescar : its true about the TG 744 being tailed by fighter jets. ive also heard of a KE 777 was also tailed either on 9/11 or shortly after it, i believe SEL J
43 Vzlet : From an AWST article: -------------------- The FAA's 325 en route centers, Tracons and towers, and the air traffic controllers who staff them, "did a
44 Elwood64151 : NJ was lucky enough that only one of its aircraft (flight NJ 400) was away from MCI on 9/11, and it was nearing ATL, which was its destination, anyway
45 LTBEWR : If I am correct, no aircraft where diverted after the grounding notice, into any NYC metro airport or DCA, Dulles also. Were BOS and PHI airports allo
46 Flairport : what did FLL, MIA, or PBI recieve? Also, what happened if a plane could not land at a given airport? (ie what exceptions were made, if any?) How did t
47 CO2BGR : CO63 MAD-EWR went to BOS so BOS did accept flights. CO1971 MEX-EWR went to IAD so I am not sure about the IAD story. FLairport: CO did not send any fl
48 Mu2 : What about KALB and KSWF?
49 Fly_yhm : Hamilton (yhm) Got a United Airlines A320 that was parked at the gate next to one of the aircraft involved if I recall correctly Also received 2 Ameri
50 EALSYS1 : Flairport, As I posted above, I was on a 777 MIA-DFW. We were over Louisiana when the call came to land immediately. Since we were in a 777 and no air
51 Tommy767 : My dad was on an early flight on 9/11 from EWR to DTW. When the plane was taxiing the plane stopped and my the flight attendents opened the galley doo
52 LH423 : LTBEWR: As far as I know BOS only received one diversion which was a BA 744 en route to JFK. The plane sat there for a few days before the government
53 CO2BGR : BOS also recieved CO63 MAD-EWR as stated by the press release linked above
54 Alpha 1 : And looking at those pic's, when the airspaces reopend on 9/12/01.. It didn't reopen on 9/12. It didn't really open again until 9/15. The 11th, 12th,
55 Boeing nut : Alpha 1, I know exactly what you mean. I work at STL operations and on 9/12, I took the Ops truck and parked it on the middle of 12R/30L and just sat
56 InnocuousFox : "According the article, in the US Memphis and Indianapolis handled the most diversions." Cleveland Center and Indy Center get the most traffic overhea
57 Neptunescar : My flight took off again on 9/13. our 762 was almost empty on the flight from MIA so another UA flight ATL SFO's pax from an a320 were boarded onto ou
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