redtailsforever From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 107 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 13626 times:
Does anyone know why ICE671 will be stopping at MSP enroute to Denver? I noticed it on flightaware scheduled to land a half hour after the regular scheduled flt# 657. Right now it showed just east of Ontario. Too far out for medical diversion? Sorry couldn't get link to post.
xjramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2511 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 13564 times:
Fully loaded and fully fueled 757 from KEF-DEN at 3600 nm is edging close on the range of that aircraft. That coupled with the weather in and around the DEN area, leaves little room for holding or diverting. It is much easier to get refuled at a location that can handle the aircraft and continue on without causing too much distruption.
eaa3 From Iceland, joined Sep 2007, 1152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 13176 times:
Maybe they diverted because of the thunderstorms in Denver. Icelandair already has contracts with a hotel in Minneapolis for delayed passengers and a staff to handle the passengers so it may have been easier to divert there than other places.
But if it was because of fuel then they already have a fuel handler in MSP so that may be a factor.
Roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 13103 times:
DEN has bad weather and flow control today. They likely could not make it to DEN with adequate reserves for holding since DEN has been having weather delays. MSP is a good diversion point since Icelandair already serves MSP so they have contracts in place for fuel and staff, and also it is very close to the typical routing of KEF-DEN. KEF-DEN is close to the range of the 757. With weather conditions requiring more fuel, it is logical that a fuel stop is required even though it is not needed for typical operations.
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