I was on this flight yesterday - KLM 611. We were scheduled to arrive into ORD
20 mins ahead of schedule, and then it became an on-time arrival, followed by a 30 min delay, then to an unknown holding pattern...the hailstorms were awful over ORD
and so they shut down the airport.
After circling around Madison, WI
, I noticed on the flight info map on the PTV that our route showed us heading into MKE
, and after scratching my head several times the captain came on the PA system and announced that we had to divert to Milwaukee in order to refuel and wait until ORD
I recall the landing in Milwaukee was rough, which I imagine was because of the short runway. We sat on the tarmac for about 30 minutes, waiting for the ground staff, then taxied over to the Delta terminal (I am completely unfamiliar with MKE
) and refueled for another 30 mins. After a bit we were cleared to land at ORD
, so we lifted off from MKE
and I was on the SHORTEST B747 ride I will probably ever take to get from MKE
Needless to say, ORD
was a mess because of the weather delays, and it seemed like every Int'l flight arrived simultaneously, delayed. Our gate was occupied, so we had to wait ANOTHER 30 mins parked outside T5
until it opened up.
It wasn't my ideal way to end a 16 hr journey (I had started my day early originating at LHR
, followed by a 3h40min layover in AMS
) but I had a fantastic experience with KLM. Plus, I took tons of pics, perhaps I should write a TR
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