United flight UA878 from Houston to Minneapolis diverted twice last night, never made it to Minneapolis (at least the ground there) and finished up after 3 a.m. with passengers waiting at baggage claim in Wisconsin.
The 7:40 p.m. departure was running late when the inbound aircraft from Cancun didn’t land in Houston until 7:31 p.m.
The Boeing 737-900 took off a couple of hours late. Bad weather in Minneapolis sent the plane to Madison, Wisconsin instead.
Then everyone took off again for Minneapolis. Or so they thought. United 878 made it to Minneapolis, circled, and was diverted again — this time to Green Bay where everyone would stay for the night… fortunately safely.
Here’s the route from Madison to Green Bay, the long way.
And here everyone is getting off the plane, relieved. And exhausted.
The idea of being sent to Wisconsin, involuntarily, twice in the same night is what Night Court had in mind in the mid-1980s when comparing the Soviet Union to Milwaukee.
When you open your eyes, you’re going to be in the middle of Milwaukee. No matter where you go, no matter how far you run, you’re still going to be in the middle of Milwaukee. You can get in a cab, and drive two hundred miles in any direction, and you’re still going to be in the middle of Milwaukee. You can get in an airplane, and fly two thousand miles, and you’re still…
They made it on the ground in Green Bay around 3:22 a.m. As if that’s not bad enough “the ground” isn’t the same thing as “staying on the runway” because the plane skidded off more than 100 feet past the runway and “it took 45 minutes to deplane in Green Bay.”
Here’s video from the aircraft as passengers got off the plane.
Just spoke to @KARE11 viewer Mike Henderson, on board United flight 878 headed for MSP, which slid off a runway in Green Bay after being diverted early this morning. Mike says everyone appears ok. pic.twitter.com/KobdVgHDMn
— Jeremiah Jacobsen (@jcjacobsen) February 23, 2018
Imagine waiting for your checked luggage in Green Bay after all of this. They say though that any landing you walk away from is a good landing.