John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5 Posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3755 times:
I'd heard that a DL MD-88 enroute to MIA was forced to divert to Stuart, FL (SUA) today due to weather and low fuel reserves. Passengers were supposedly bused back to MIA. Anyone have any further info or video on this? I'm really surprised it diverted to SUA rather than Ft. Pierce(FPR), which has a much more suitable runway. Why didn't it go to PBI, for that matter??
MI5Flyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3400 times:
5,826 feet is plenty of length to land that airplane. They land the CR7 at EYW and it only has about 4,900 feet. FPR has an ILS and about 6,500 feet or so on 9-27 but it would have added some time to the bus trip to MIA.
The real issue is going to be the NIMBYS taking pictures of the new "airline service" at SUA and using it to further their cause to close the airport. The manager once reported that the appearence of a Delta Air Elite Charter caused an uproar so this must have really been interesting.