Canada Welcomes Diverted Flights
Some of that same gathering around was happening in human form across Canada on September 11th. As the U.S. closed its airports to traffic, flights had to land somewhere. Without knowing whether other U.S.-bound planes were on terrorist missions, Canadian airports welcomed them in.
One of those was in Gander, Newfoundland. The airport’s Web site reports: “39 heavy aircraft were diverted to Gander International Airport….Runway 13/31 was converted to a temporary aircraft parking ramp. The airport terminal was turned into an aid centre as food and clothing was distributed to stranded passengers.”
With a population of just over 10,000, Gander and the surrounding small communities swelled by 6,500 passengers and crew.†Their world turned upside down, people stranded far from home were devastated.†Not only food and shelter were needed. So was comfort.
A total of 17 Canadian airports welcomed thousands of passengers from over 200 flights unable to reach destinations. CBC has gathered the stories of people whose flights were diverted, as well as of the Canadians who gave them help.
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