GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A spokesman for Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids says an American Airlines flight aborted takeoff due to a wind shear alert in the cockpit.

The flight carrying 145 passengers from Miami to Minneapolis already had been diverted to the airport because of bad weather in Minnesota.

Airport spokesman Bruce Schedlbauer tells The Grand Rapids Press the Boeing 747 refueled in Grand Rapids and was headed down the runway around midnight Sunday when the wind shear signal went off. He says the crew opted to abort the takeoff, and the plane didn’t leave the ground.

Schedlbauer says the cockpit alert “doesn’t necessarily prove there was” a wind shear condition in the vicinity.

Wind shear is a change in wind speed or direction over a short distance.

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Comments (6)
  1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    And then what happened? Do I need to channel Paul Harvey to hear the rest of the story? Are they still in GR? Did they wait five minutes for the wind to settle and then take off? This is half of a story!

    1. anon says:

      they have decided to relocate the passengers to Grand Forks, part of the wind shear protection program

  2. Rick says:

    Job well done. Hats off to the flight crew 🙂

  3. John says:

    I don’t think American Airlines is flying a Boeing 747 from Miami to Minneapolis. I’m guessing a 737?

  4. Caroline says:

    We were on that flight. It was a 737. Because mechanics had to inspect brakes after the aborted take off we were forced to stay overnight and try again the next morning at 10:30 am when the pilots had their “required” rest break. Unfortunately, once the brake issue was resolved, they found a problem in the fuel filter with possible contamination of fuel or something like that, which rendered the flight totally out of commission. Had to wait for a “rescue” plane to fly in from Chicago to take everyone to Minneapolis, which that flight did not leave Grand Rapids until 4:30 pm. American does not have any planes at Grand Rapids, which was part of the problem with the long wait. Glad that the pilot opted to abort rather than take a chance with wind shear.

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