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DL MIA Bound Flight Diverted To SUA Or FPR Today?  
User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4365 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??

[Edited 2008-07-15 17:54:09]

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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4347 times:

Actually, it was a Delta Connection CRJ-900. Comair flight 1481 (JFK-MIA)


Looks like PBI was the original diversion airport but they ended up diverting to SUA instead. It ferried to MIA as COM9655.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

The longest runway there is only 5826 X 100 ft.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineMI5Flyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4010 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.

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