Airliners diverted to Ogden airport

Aug 4 2010 - 3:55pm

OGDEN -- A half-dozen or so commercial airliners touched down at the Ogden Airport Wednesday between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. as they waited for bad weather to pass in Salt Lake City.

Ogden Airport Manager Ed Rich said the Salt Lake International Airport was experiencing "a bad thunderstorm, heavy cross winds and lightning."

He said the traffic circled the airport in Salt Lake City in a holding pattern that became higher than officials there could handle.

"The storm was a slow mover," he said.

He said the airliners that stopped for up to an hour in Ogden included three from Sky West, one from Southwest and several other airplanes.

"We are a divergent airport for Salt Lake for that type of thing," Rich said. "Everyone stayed on board. They took on fuel. It was good for us and it was good for them."

Rich said officials in Ogden always are willing to help out because Ogden is designed for that type of service.

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