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Getting diverted to Córdoba due to fog

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large_1840343_13551087755777.jpgco-pilot's chair of United 767-200. At Cordoba Airport (COR) as we were diverted by fogFlight details: UA979 C 767-300 Dep2200 Arr 0945+1 JFKEZE 5,302 miles

Early morning of Friday, April 18th, I was thinking about how to get to the client's office once we arrived in Buenos Aires [Buenos-Aires-travel-guide-145260]. First, I'd have to check into the hotel, then shower, dress up, and walk to the office (forgot the address already). I came for a big surprise when the pilot made the announcement over the intercom that we would be diverting because Buenos Aires airport (Ministro Pistarini International Airport, or Ezeiza International - EZE) was covered by fog.

To where, I soon found out. It was to Córdoba , a city about 388 miles or 624 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires. We were not the only flight diverted to Cordoba, there were two other American Airlines jets (presumably from Miami) that were there as well.

Racing through my mind are thoughts that if the fog doesn't let up for the rest of the day, then I will get off at Córdoba and hire a taxi all the way to be driven to Buenos Aires. I wonder how much that would cost - I thought it was 250 miles (in a straight line), not the 388 miles I found out only now after researching it. But my prayers were answered when the pilot announced within an hour that the fog was lifting, and that we would be flying out of Córdoba shortly.

During the one hour on the ground, I was able to wander about the cabin and into the cockpit. The co-pilot was kind enough to lend me his cap and pose while sitting on his chair. I asked him a few questions about the plane (a 767-300), among other things. Despite the diversion, the cockpit crew was so relaxed, something you don't see anymore since 9/11.


Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in Argentina

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