KL642 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 350 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3927 times:
I was on Post Road again today when a NW 744 landed and taxied to G4 where it was met by a fire truck and an ambulance. Flight in question was NW 25 from DTW with a medical emergency. It will depart at 6:16pm as NW 25D.
VC10DC10 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1035 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3798 times:
My first guess would be better medical facilities at MSP and the ready availability of all necessary ground handling equipment for Boeing 747-400s. If crew time was affected, this might also have come into play.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3779 times:
Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 1): Looking at the flight on flightaware it looks like the 744 was going to divert to Duluth but diverted to MSP instead. I wonder why?
Would you rather land a heavy 744 at Duluth or MSP?
Especially given that the Twin Cities have more medical facilities (although since common things are common, and the passenger probably had a common problem, medical care in Duluth would be more than adequate).
Wingnutmn From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 640 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3109 times:
Burnsie- I think you are off your rocker on this one! The last time was an international inbound, after customs normal hours. Also even if it was a normal customs hours, it still wouldn't have the capacity to handle an A333. Throw in to that mix a crew timing out, and you can see where s#%t would hit the fan. I almost positive it had absolutly nothing to do with ground handling.
Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing! It's a bonus if you can fly the plane again!!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24886 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2951 times:
Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 1): Looking at the flight on flightaware it looks like the 744 was going to divert to Duluth but diverted to MSP instead.
They advised Canadian ATC that they were diverting to DLH. Must have changed their mind later. Following from Transport Canada daily incident reports.
Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-400 (operating as flight NWA25) was on a scheduled IFR flight from Detroit (KDTW) to Tokyo (Narita) (RJAA). The aircraft was in the vicinity of 48º53'N 090º15'W when the flight crew advised they had a medical emergency and needed to divert to Duluth, MN (KDLH). A fuel dump was required and started at approximately 2103Z and continued into Minneapolis-St. Paul airspace. No other aircraft were inconvenienced.
SYfan100 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 590 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
MSP is a very good airport if you have a medical emergency. Or if you are having a emergency landing do to a aircraft problem.
See what makes MSP so good is not only the staff that is right on site at the airport. It is the communities around the airport that have a very good group of dedicated fire fighters, medical personal, and great hospitals.
If the fire pager goes off saying there is a major situation at the airport, they will drop what they are doing and get to their fire stations.
Doctors and Nurses will get into their major accident emergency plan that hospitals have.
But time and time again the debate comes up on why divert to MSP?
If I ran a Airline, I would want my aircraft to divert to MSP because of how good those responders are. It doesn't matter if it is a heart attack or something bad with the aircraft.