DakotaFlyer
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Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 2:20 am

Glad everything is okay, but interesting to see a WestJet bird at my home airport!

Source KNOX Radio in Grand Forks

A WestJet passenger plane made an emergency landing in Grand Forks late this afternoon after the pilot reported problems. The flight from Calgary was bound for Chicago and landed safely at the G-F-K shortly before five p-m. Fire and rescue crews were notified that the plane was being diverted to Grand Forks. The plane landed without incident. Over 100 passengers were reportedly on board flight 1578. A WestJet plane is expected to arrive in Grand Forks shortly after 9:30 p.m. and transport the passengers to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/WJA1578
 
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 2:49 am

I wonder if he was first aiming for Winnipeg? Otherwise Fargo and even Minneapolis would have been closer/better options.
 
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 3:36 am

tys777 wrote:
I wonder if he was first aiming for Winnipeg? Otherwise Fargo and even Minneapolis would have been closer/better options.


According to the Flightaware page, yes, they were originally heading for YWG. No idea why they decided to go to GFK instead.
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 5:58 am

KBUF wrote:
tys777 wrote:
I wonder if he was first aiming for Winnipeg? Otherwise Fargo and even Minneapolis would have been closer/better options.


According to the Flightaware page, yes, they were originally heading for YWG. No idea why they decided to go to GFK instead.


Since they were pre-cleared, they probably wanted to go to a US airport. GFK looks like it's a shade closer than MSP, and I guess they wanted to get on the group ASAP. Doesn't explain why they didn't go to FAR.
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 10:13 am

tys777 wrote:
I wonder if he was first aiming for Winnipeg? Otherwise Fargo and even Minneapolis would have been closer/better options.


The only possibility is GFK has a large Custom and Border Patrol facility on site, but since it's preclearance seems that shouldn't matter. Fargo has a much larger runway and facilities .
 
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 11:19 am

I thought pre-clearance only stayed 'intact' only if the aircraft arrives directly at it's designated port of entry and any deviation (including other US airport) results in having to "re-clear".

In this case they'll be re-clearing at first point of entry.
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 11:23 am

DakotaFlyer wrote:
tys777 wrote:
I wonder if he was first aiming for Winnipeg? Otherwise Fargo and even Minneapolis would have been closer/better options.


The only possibility is GFK has a large Custom and Border Patrol facility on site, but since it's preclearance seems that shouldn't matter. Fargo has a much larger runway and facilities .

Wouldn't exactly call the facility large
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 6:39 pm

Nice timing. I believe ALPA ran their accident investigation course this week in GFK. Everyone was freshly ready to respond!
 
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Re: Westjet #1578 Diverts to GFK

Sat May 20, 2017 6:40 pm

I'm guessing it was a mechanical issue. They were trying to make it to YWG but GFK had to do.
Remind me to send a thank you note to Mr. Boeing.

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