Emergency landing in Fargo

An electrical fire in the lavatory of a flight from Minneapolis to Regina, Canada forced an emergency landing in Fargo, ND on Wednesday. The plane made it from 30,000 feet to the runway in about eight minutes which is pretty quick. And no one was injured.

Reading the article about the incident offers some pretty entertaining quips from passengers regarding the ordeal. Some great optimism from a passenger:

The woman next to me, I think, was going to have a heart attack. I didn’t feel this but I looked at her and I said, ‘It’s going to be OK.’ I didn’t think it was going to be OK, I just felt like, ‘Well that’s probably the right thing to say.’

And someone bitter that another passenger may have been treated differently:

Billings said the passengers were offered two $100 vouchers for travel with Northwest Airlines — of which Compass Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary — which must be used separately.

However, she wasn’t pleased to hear one passenger was bumped up to first class for a flight back to Minneapolis early Thursday morning and was given a round-trip ticket for anywhere in North America. She is planning to complain to Northwest about the situation.

“I just think it’s unfair (and) too bad we can’t all get the same treatment as we all went through it,” she said. “We all had to wait until 3 in the morning standing in line, getting processed and get an hour of sleep at the hotel and then up again and have to go through it all.”

Of course, the $100 vouchers are probably worth more than the free round-trip voucher based on the fact that the limitations on their use are virtually zero, and there’s a pretty good chance that the upgraded passenger got it for being having status in the WorldPerks program. I guess it is a good thing that the passenger was OK enough to find something to complain about…

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.