Pilots abort takeoff due to wind shear alert

A spokesman for Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids said an American Airlines flight aborted takeoff early today due to a wind shear alert in the cockpit. The flight carrying 145 passengers from Miami to Minneapolis already had been diverted to the airport because of bad weather in Minnesota. Airport spokesman Bruce Schedlbauer said the Boeing 747 refueled in Grand Rapids and was headed down the runway when the wind shear signal went off. He said the pilots opted to abort the takeoff, and the plane didn't leave the ground.
Apr 4, 2011


Schedlbauer said most passengers were being rerouted this morning.

Wind shear is a change in wind speed or direction over a short distance.

— By The Associated Press



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