Fog forces detour of Bulgaria Air flight from Sofia to Varna

Written by on October 27, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Fog forces detour of Bulgaria Air flight from Sofia to Varna

Passengers on Bulgaria Air flight number FB971 from Sofia to Varna needed a lot of patience today. Before 11am, thick fog along Bulgaria’s northern Black Sea coast, including at Varna Airport, would have made a landing too dangerous.

Bulgarian National Radio reports that the flight circled over the Bulgarian town of Shoumen for two hours, while waiting for the fog to clear. Flight tracker data show that flight FB971 was diverted to the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Bourgas, at some point.

Once the Bulgaria Air pilots were given the green light, they flew their passengers from Bourgas to Varna, where the Airbus A319 finally landed at 11.12am. The flight was three hours and two minutes late.

Shortly after, an Israir flight from Tel Aviv and a Wizz Air flight from Dortmund also landed at Varna Airport safely.

Flight diversions due to fog are a regular occurrence, especially in autumn. At times, flights bound for Sofia get diverted to Plovdiv or elsewhere, when the fog is too thick.

For the passengers on flight FB971, the only danger was that they were late for their second breakfast or business meeting.

Flights from Sofia to Varna usually take 55 minutes. In this case, it took three hours and 57 minutes.

(Photo: Bulgaria Air)

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