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Storm diverts planes from landing at Winnipeg airport

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Seven flights bound for Winnipeg were diverted to Brandon, Thunder Bay and Regina after fierce winds and blowing snow made landings too risky early this afternoon at the Richardson International Airport.

All the diverted flights were bound for Winnipeg late this morning and early this afternoon, when the Winnipeg Airport Authority briefly advised pilots winds had reduced visibility and landing would be a problem.

The city of Brandon confirmed four landings, issuing a press statement about the unusual event.

"A number of flights destined for Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, including those from major Canadian airlines, were diverted from their original course and have landed at the Brandon Municipal Airport. The diverted craft, which vary in size and passenger capacity, will be waiting it out at the municipal airport until weather conditions improve and they can continue into Winnipeg," the statement read.

In an update later in the afternoon, Brandon advised all of the flights were back in Winnipeg.

"Accepting diverted flights in inclement weather is something that the Brandon Municipal Airport is equipped to do and has accommodated on occasion in the past; however, accommodating four diversions at one time isn’t as common," Brandon spokeswoman Allison Collins said in the update.

Winnipeg was back to normal operating procedures by mid-afternoon, Winnipeg Airport Authority spokeswoman Felicia Wiltshire confirmed.

Travellers can check waa.ca for delays on arrivals and departures at Winnipeg airport.

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Updated on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM CST: Writethru.

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