Good morning. Team two has safely made it to Dulles. What an adventure.
The day started early for all of us at around 3am. We all met at the La Crosse Airport at 5:30am and over the next hour, got all of our bags checked, went through security, then waited for our 7am flight. Just before 7am, we were alerted to a mechanical problem and would be delayed. A few minutes later, we were told the flight had been cancelled. Back to gate we go to figure out what or where we would go. Next stop, Minneapolis… by bus. We loaded our bags, piled in the bus and off we went, arriving at the Linburgh Terminal around noon. Our Delta flight didn’t leave until 8:10pm. so a number of us checked out the entire airport (twice). Finally, we get the call to board, pulled away from the terminal, and took off. The flight went smooth much of the way. The captain came on and said we are on approach to Dulles… then we start circling. After a few circles, the captain came back on and said a sprinkler had gone off in the control tower at Dulles, the airport had been closed, and we’d be heading to Baltimore and landing in about 20 minutes. After another 10 minutes had passed, we started with the circles again. The captain came back on and said we were going back to
Plan A, heading back to Dulles, and landing in 5 minutes. All 41 people on the flight broke out in applause. As we start to get lined up for landing, we hit bumpy air and had a short but very fast drop. All the way to the runway the wings tipped back and forth, but at 11:28p (Deb checked her watch) we landed. After piling our luggage and our 9 bodies into a shuttle van, we arrived to the hotel around 12:30a.
We’re hanging out in the Ethiopian Air terminal now waiting to board for Addis in a few minutes. Can’t wait to see what today’s adventure will be.