Last updated: 11:18 AM ET, Wed February 17 2016

Delta Air Lines International Flight Diverted Twice

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | February 17, 2016

Delta Air Lines International Flight Diverted Twice

Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

A Delta Air Lines flight that left the Dominican Republic en route to New York City Monday was diverted two times, delaying the flight's arrival at its final destination until Tuesday night.

According to Ray Villeda of NBC New York, Delta Air Lines Flight No. 944 departed from Punta Cana International Airport Monday at around 3:15 p.m. local time and was scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City at 6:15 p.m. local time.

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As the plane and its 159 passengers approached the New York area, the pilot announced that he would have to circle the facility several times until the traffic at the airport was cleared. The aircraft circled until it began to get low on fuel and was forced to divert to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

After landing safely in New Hampshire at around 7 p.m. local time, even more issues arose. Not only were the pilot and his crew out of hours, all of the passengers also had to leave the plane and go through customs since the flight was international.

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Unfortunately, due to the unscheduled landing, there were no customs officers on duty to handle the passengers, resulting in a two-hour delay before the people onboard were allowed to leave the plane.

After being given complimentary accommodations for the evening, the passengers once again boarded the plane Tuesday morning and took off in hopes of reaching New York City. This time, high winds and turbulence forced to plane to divert once again to Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Finally, after the skies cleared and the plane was permitted to take off again. The passengers finally made the successful flight to their destination at JFK airport, where they landed safely at the facility Tuesday evening.


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