This was the first of two flights from Richmond, Virginia to Grand Forks, North Dakota for a visit to the University of North Dakota (and its associated aviation programs).

Delta Flight 5288 Information:

  • Flight: Richmond International Airport (RIC) to Minneapolis International Airport (MSP)
  • Flight Time: 2 Hours 50 Minutes
  • Aircraft: Delta Air Lines Bombardier CRJ-700 (N724EV)
  • Seat: 15A (economy, window)


The CRJ isn’t know as a comfortable plane by any means, but I was excited to fly on another since they’ll be retired from service in just a few years. We began our trip with a rainy morning in Richmond. Below is a video from our takeoff:

Due to issues at the Chicago ATC Center, we were diverted North, over Detroit and Canada. We soon turned West for another 50 minutes to Minneapolis. Below are photos from throughout the flight:

Flying over Canada:


Screenshots from our route:

We landed in Minneapolis which had IFR conditions due to low cloud ceilings. Check out the video of our landing below:

On the ground in MSP!

Thanks for reading and watching,
-Swayne Martin
Twitter: @MartinsAviation

Arrival in MSP

Arrival in MSP

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2 Responses

    • Swayne Martin
      Swayne Martin

      Yep – They routed our plane over Canada, turned to the West, and then headed down south into MSP – All to avoid the Chicago Center.


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