April 27, 2013

Strong crosswinds divert flight


---- — PLATTSBURGH — An Allegiant Air flight from Las Vegas to Plattsburgh had to be diverted Wednesday night due to high crosswinds at Plattsburgh International Airport.

The flight was due to arrive in Plattsburgh around 9:30 p.m., according to Airport Manager Christopher Kreig. But as it approached the airport, pilots determined that the crosswinds were too strong to attempt a landing.

The flight was diverted to Bradley International Airport near Hartford, Conn. Krieg said he was not sure why Bradley was chosen but speculated that it was the best option available at the time.

When conditions improved, the flight made its way from Bradley to Plattsburgh, arriving around 7 a.m. Thursday, Kreig said.

The plane was scheduled to leave for Las Vegas at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, but airline regulations call for pilots and crew members to have adequate rest before they can fly again.

As a result, the trip to Las Vegas did not leave Plattsburgh until 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

“Flights get delayed, flights get diverted — that happens sometimes,” Kreig said.

“It’s unfortunate, but it does happen.”

Allegiant began offering direct flights from Plattsburgh to Las Vegas last December on Boeing 757 aircraft that can hold as many as 225 passengers.

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