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I was born into a traveling family and as such, family conversations quickly turn into travel tales. This one came up recently which I found truly bizarre.
My father was on Delta flight 2022 on April 15th from Atlanta to Roanoke operated by an Airbus 319. They left a few minutes late as is common with this late evening flight. About 20 minutes into the flight they leveled off at 39,000 feet.
Shortly thereafter, the Captain came on to announce that commercial aircrafts landing at Roanoke Regional Airport require a specific type of ground-facing radar due to the mountainous terrain surrounding the approach. He went on to inform the passengers that this aircraft did not have that type of radar and the plane would need to divert to Charlotte. The Captain was clear in his messaging that it wasn’t that the specific radar was broken on this plane but rather this plane never had the radar at all!
The plane safely diverted to Charlotte where the passengers were swapped onto another (luckily vacant) A319 that did have the appropriate radar type for approach into Roanoke. The ground staff at Charlotte corroborated the story.
I can’t help but wonder how that was missed in the pre-flight checks. What is your weirdest diversion story?