Written and Published by By The Grand Rapids Press staff
CASCADE TOWNSHIP — A Northwest Airlink flight from Minneapolis to Cleveland got diverted to Gerald R. Ford International Airport on Wednesday evening after the aircraft’s pilots reported being faint.
Northwest Airlines Flight 3947 was en route from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport when the aircraft’s captain and co-pilot reported “feeling a little light-headed,” said Joe Williams, a spokesman for Pinnacle Airlines Corp., which operates the flight for Northwest.
That caused the 47-passenger CRJ200 to land at Ford Airport at 6:23 p.m., he said.
Airport emergency crews and emergency medical personnel tended to the matter, with traces of carbon monoxide found in the cockpit, airport spokesman Bruce Schedlbauer said.
The captain and co-pilot were treated at the scene. None of the 47 passengers nor the flight attendant were treated, Williams said.
The passengers were given the option to take other connections, and some opted to stay in Grand Rapids overnight and fly out Thursday, he said.
The flight departed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport about a half hour late at 3:50 p.m. CST with a delay caused by non-scheduled maintenance, according to Northwest Airlines’ Web site.
Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines operates flights in and out of Ford Airport through its Northwest Airlink service, which is affiliated with Northwest Airlines.
Pinnacle also does business as Delta Connection in partnership with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, which acquired Minnesota-based Northwest last year.
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