Passengers aboard a Delta Airlines flight that had to be diverted to Iqaluit Friday due to mechanical problems have made it to their final destination.
The Airbus A330-300, en route from Amsterdam to Seattle, landed around lunch time Friday, after the crew noticed a problem with one of the wing's spoilers — the short flaps on the top of the wings.
John Hawkins, Iqaluit's airport manager, says the city's location and facilities means it often handles emergency landings of intercontinental flights.
"We have a long runway and we have a hospital, if there's a medical diversion of some kind. So we're kind of well-equipped to accept them," he said. "But we don't typically have enough place to process or hold their passengers while this happens."
The 235 passengers from Delta flight 233 were de-planed and brought to Iqaluit's Cadet Hall mid-afternoon Friday.
They were still technically in transit so were under the supervision of Canada Border Services Agency officers.
Delta sent a Boeing 777-200 to Iqaluit from Atlanta to pick up the stranded passengers. The plane arrived in Nunavut late Friday night and landed in Seattle around 4 a.m. EST on Saturday.