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Direct Air At MDT Incident

Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:21 pm

Does anyone know why a Direct Air 737 was surrounded by ARFF and multiple busses this afternoon at MDT? It appeared like luggage was being searched on the tarmac. I'm guessing it must have been a security issue of some kind.
 
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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:14 am

Who actually operated the flight? Direct Air uses various operators to run their operation.
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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:12 am

I'm not sure. The aircraft was painted in Direct Air colors and was parked in a remote area. I was taxiing out so I only got a quick glance.
 
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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:59 am

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Thread starter):
Does anyone know why a Direct Air 737 was surrounded by ARFF and multiple busses this afternoon at MDT? It appeared like luggage was being searched on the tarmac. I'm guessing it must have been a security issue of some kind.

Was it over behind UPS?

Would it have been the prisinor change out for the ConAir?
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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:11 pm

Considering that Direct Air does not offer charters out of MDT (They do fly out of ABE though to MYR.) and there's nothing on FlightAware showing any 737s into or out of MDT yesterday (or even Thursday), more than likely this was not a flight that was supposed to be trackable. So perhaps this was a flight operating for JPATS since those schedules are not publicly known for security reasons.

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Reply 2):
The aircraft was painted in Direct Air colors and was parked in a remote area.

There's no such thing as Direct Air "colors" as the livery is that of the airline operating the charter on Direct Air's behalf with Direct Air titles on the a/c:


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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:23 pm

Quoting TOLtommy (Reply 1):
Who actually operated the flight? Direct Air uses various operators to run their operation.

I used them last August to travel between Plattsburgh an Myrtle Beach. For the two flights the operator was Xtra Airways.
 
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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:48 pm

If it was parked behind UPS on the cargo ramp then it was either Con Air or an immigration flight for the Justice Department. The fire department always has a truck on stand by when the aircraft is being fueled.

This was not an incident. Just an almost daily occurence at MDT.
 
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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:36 pm

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RE: Direct Air At MDT Incident

Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:24 am

Yes it was by UPS and it did have Xtra markings come to think of it. That explains it then. Thanks!

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