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Ice Stands Airplane Passengers In Duluth

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 6:28 am

About 120 passengers were stranded in Duluth early Sunday after their flight bound for MSP International was diverted due to an ice storm.

The flight was expected to land in Minneapolis at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, but the plane instead redirected to Duluth. MSP International closed its runways from midnight to 5 a.m. due to an ice-storm that swept across the region.

“We started to land in Minneapolis, the landing gear came down and all of a sudden we started going up again,” passenger Kris Moorhead of Minnetonka told KARE 11.

Once the plane landed in Duluth, passengers had to wait on board for a couple hours until a gate was available. The next day, they also experienced delays due to an equipment issue. The Duluth airport did not have the right de-icing equipment for a 757.

Despite the delays, passengers told KARE 11 the ordeal went as well as expected. They said they would have appreciated more communication. But they did appreciate getting a $100 voucher from the airline.

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