Boeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 871 times:
I have never flown through severe weather, or been a "victim' of a diverted flight... I do know, some of the local airports in Michigan and Ohio had quite a few diversions one day last spring due to ORD and DTW having thunderstorms.... GRR (Grand Rapids MI) had a DC10 (and other types) from Northwest Airlines, I believe it was LAX-DTW and it landed at GRR... TOL (Toledo OH) had a Northwest Airlines DC10 from Europe the same day last spring. MBS (Saginaw, MI) had numerous (8_) A320/757 from Northwest Airlines. Even TVC (Traverse City MI) had a DC9 and two Avros that same day and ALMOST had an American Airlines 763 from Birmingham England but because we didnt have customs, it went to MSP instead, DAMN! . That is my story to tell. if you have been on a diverted flight, tell the circumstances, airline, aircraft etc... If you havent but have been to a regional airport that doesnt usually see major traffic, but have seen some extra-ordinary aircraft land there, post what it was like going and seeing those aircraft at the airport and also where they were parked. Thanks.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 810 times:
I grew up in Juneau, AK, in the 70's, and overflys/diversions were a fact of life. There is a ridge 1mile from the end of the JNU runway, w a large 'cut' in the top of it. Rule of thumb was, if you can't see the 'cut', you won't see the plane. It was no big deal if you overflew, you simply went to the next stop (usually SEA or ANC, but sometimes KTN or SIT) and waited for the next flight to JNU. It wasn't uncommon to try two or three times before you made it in, and on one legendary occasion, we didn't get any flight for 6 days.
Only other diversion was Gatwick to Stansted due to fog. Since AA had operations at Statnsted (at the time), they gave us the option of getting off there if we wanted to.
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FedExIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 799 times:
One evening late last summer, there were bad storms at ORD and there were some strange planes at IND. Among them were a KLM 747, UA DC-10 and a bunch of other AA and UA planes. A UA cargo DC-10 was also on the ground around 11pm and took off again around 1:00. Then between 2:30 and 3:00 am, the storms hit IND and it was no fun on the FedEx ramp for the rest of the night.
Dsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 8 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 781 times:
I have seen some pretty unusual diversions here in OMA as well. Last summer ORD had a big diversion due to thunderstorms, we ended up getting 2 UAL 777's, 1 UAL 744, 1 SAS 763, 1 AAL 777, and numerous others. It was one of the biggest diversions I had seen at OMA in over 10 years (we get them quite regularly). I think we had 15+ a/c diverted within 2 hours that day, quite a load.
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3308 posts, RR: 46 Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 768 times:
I was on a TradeWinds Airways L1011 charter from EWR to IAH a three years ago. I forget exactly why, but IAH had only one landing runway that night (it wasn't weather) and our plane had to divert to EFD (Ellington Field - near NASA's Johnson Space Center) for fuel. We sat there for about 90minutes -- after the First Officer paid for the fuel on his personal credit card -- before making the short hop over to IAH.
Dsmav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 740 times:
There is usually plenty of space at the gates, assuming that it isn't during a peak hour, where 15-20 gates could already be taken. The heavy a/c use any empty company gates not being used. The smaller a/c (757 and smaller) are usually moved to the diversion ramp which is adjacent to the south terminal satellite.
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Vincent32 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 723 times:
I was on a Delta Express flight last October that was supposted to go from MCO to ALB. An hour into the flight the pilots reported a strange noise in the cargo area. We were immediatley (I mean really quickly) put down in SAV (Savannah, GA). The airport was completly empty, and we ended up spending the night in GA. They never told us waht the problem was. The next morning we were put onto a special DL flight (new 737-800 Delta Shuttle). We recieved $150 flight vouchers. It was not an enjoyable experience, and I hope that you don't have to go through it.