Passengers Spend Night in Military Barracks After Delta Air Lines Flight Diverts to Goose Bay, Canada

by Anthony Losanno
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Delta Air Lines flight DL 145 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) was forced to divert to a remote Canadian airport on Sunday after the plane went mechanical. A lack of hotels and the crew timing out forced the 270 passengers to spend the night in military barracks.

The cause of the mechanical issue has not been revealed, but multiple passengers reported it was related to deicing. A plane was dispatched to Goose Bay Airport (YYC), but it also got held there after the crew apparently had timed out and were unable to continue working without a rest period. Passengers were forced to spend 21 hours in a military barracks before a third plane was able to take them the rest of the way to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

Twitter/X user @_dreamcats was onboard and posted details as things unfolded. The user named Trevor reported that Delta provided passengers with pizza from a local restaurant and breakfast in the morning before being brought from the military barracks to the terminal for check-in and boarding.

Delta posted a brief message around the delay, but released no further statement:

Crew duty times have been impacted due to weather and runway conditions at the Goose Bay airport causing the airport to suspend operations. We apologize to customers for this inconvenience as we continue to work to make them comfortable.”

Anthony’s Take: This sounds like Delta did the best that it could in a bad situation. This definitely does not seem like a fun diversion. I’m curious if the passengers were provided with any compensation for their overnight stay.

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1 comment

E C December 13, 2023 - 12:59 pm

On my first two flights to England in the 1970’s, it was routine to stop for refueling/maintenance at Gander, Newfoundland. We would all get off the plane and go into the terminal for an hour, perhaps, before the flight resumed


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