Montanaflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4591 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
Montanaflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4499 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.