For those who’re a frequent flyer, you’ve seemingly had a airplane rerouted in flight. Generally there’s unhealthy climate at your vacation spot airport, generally a mechanical concern forces you to make a pit cease — it’s regular sufficient on the earth of air travel. However discovering your vacation spot airport is closing, whilst you’re solely minutes away, is actually rarer.
That’s the destiny that befell passengers of Japan Airways flight JL331 this previous weekend. A two-hour flight out of Haneda Airport in Tokyo noticed 90 minutes of delays, which pushed its scheduled touchdown in Fukoka dangerously near the airport’s 10 p.m. curfew. Because the airplane neared Fukoka, the pilots found it will barely miss the cutoff — and had been compelled to show round.
Bloomberg tells the full story of JL331’s determined makes an attempt to only land someplace, wherever. It was initially speculated to be redirected from Fukoka to Kitakyushu, simply an hour’s drive away, however the latter airport didn’t have sufficient buses for the airplane’s 335 passengers.
As a substitute, the airplane was directed to Kansai airport, practically midway again to Tokyo. The airplane landed simply earlier than 11 p.m., solely to study that Kansai, too, lacked the infrastructure to deal with JL331’s passengers. So, passengers returned to cruising altitude, sure again for Tokyo — arriving again the place they began, seven hours later.
Subsequent time your airplane is delayed in Newark, or your JFK-bound flight is redirected to Philadelphia for climate, keep in mind the passengers of JL331. Simply be glad that, regardless of how lengthy your airplane spends between locations, you’ll virtually actually attain your eventual arrival airport ultimately. And, should you by no means do, keep in mind you’re not alone — it’s all occurred earlier than.