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NW Flight From MSP Diverted To GEG  
User currently offlineMontanaflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3991 times:

I just thought this was interesting so I decided to post.

Today, NW flight 1483 MSP-MSO was diverted to GEG because of a mechanical problem on board (flaps I think). The reason given to the passengers was that Spokane has a longer runway, and they didn't want to risk landing in MSO, which they said has a shorter runway, which I thought was an interesting excuse because MSO has a 9500ft runway, whereas GEG's longest is 9001ft. hmmm....somethings not right


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User currently offlineMason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3936 times:

Was this an A319? I know MSO has more terrain to deal with, other than that, I see no reason to divert to GEG.

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3509 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

Perhaps GEG has more facilities to deal with the problem? The runway length reason sounds a little bogus.


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User currently offlineWe're Nuts From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5722 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

Where did you hear this?


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User currently offlineMontanaflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3899 times:

Yep it was a A319, I was told by the NW ramp agent in MSO about the issue. The terrain shouldn't have stopped them I don't think, the only other thing I can see was the visibility was reduced a little due to the smoke from nearby fires, but other than that, it seems to me that NW probably fixed the problem in GEG because of the facilities, not because of the runway. We have had 767's land here with mechanical problems in the past with no issues.


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

I think the reason was that GEG has the longest runway not protruded by Mountainist terrain in the area.


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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3702 times:

Anyone want to make any bets as to how long NW will wait before allowing passengers off the aircraft?  stirthepot 

Charles, SJ



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