DFW-JETS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 725 times:
Im not positive why they were there, but my guess is that they were on a weather diversion from ORD.. when the weather is bad at a major hub as ORD may flights have to divert to surrounding cities for many reasons such as fuel, ...etc.......flights may also divert for a medical emergency or a mechanical problem.........and last but not least maybe a charter......but none the less a AA 767 at DSM is not a everyday thing......hope this helps a little........
Capt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 707 times:
I'm certain that these aircraft were destined for Chicago, but deverted to Des Moines, probobly for weather reasons. I live in the Detroit area and we see this allot at DTW. Whenever there is severe adverse weather in Chicago, the DTW apron fills with United and American aircraft. I remember one time seeing three AA 767s, side by side! DSM is the closest "major" airport west of Chicago, thus the deversion theory is the most logical.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4175 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 683 times:
Diversions from ORD-bound flights. On July 21 I was on a Unitd 747-400 that had to land at Milwaukee because Chicago was closed due to T-storms. We landed at MKE and stayed there until 12:45am the next morning waiting for our fuel. To ORD, We flew almost in formation with a Lufthansa A340 that had to stop for the same reason. DSM gets diversions as well.
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1598 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 678 times:
Don't forget also that the photo could be mis-identified.
Not likely, but possible.
Tulsa, OK is a another example of a diversion airport. TUL is a DC9 and 737 airport (no airline flies scheduled wide-body aircraft anymore). Every once in a while, a DL 767, DL L1011, or AA 767 will appear because of some inflight problem after departure from DFW.
Just last night a Sun County 727 from DFW to MSP was diverted to TUL because of smoke in the cabin.
AirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 668 times:
After reading the above replies- i would also agree the plane was there on a diversion from ORD. I know that in New York, if JFK is closed or too full.. it is not uncommon to see large aircraft such as 767s and 747s and even A-340s at Long Island/Islip MacArthur Field.