Diversion to alternate


#1

Northwest 45, an Airbus 330, just bailed out here outside the OM for 30Left. We have miserable weather just now. They requested and received a clearance to Sioux Falls SD. They must be short on fuel after the long haul from Amsterdam. Why don’t I see the track heading from MSP to Sioux Falls ? They were never out of radar contact.

J. Lee
St. Paul MN


#2

I spoke too quickly. They just came up on screen, enroute to Sioux Falls.


#3

When a plane nears the destination airport, controllers often send an arrival message to the system, even though the plane never actually landed. That’s why a second flight plan (and track) are created from MSP to FSD.


#4

Interesting diversion on this flight!

Taking off from St. Johns Nfld bound for the UK and diverted to the Caribbean. Can someone explain that ‘alternate’ destination to me?


#5

Probably got a call saying the plane’s operator needed to pick up/drop off some in Saint Martin.