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Andrea Romano
January 05, 2018

This week's winter storm, or “bomb cyclone,” unleashed harsh, white-out conditions both on the ground and in the air on Thursday — the history-making blizzard managed to cancel and divert thousands of flights.

One of those was Singapore Airlines Flight 26, from Frankfurt, Germany, which was bound for New York City's John F. Kennedy International when it was forced to divert to Stewart International Airport, a much smaller airport about 80 miles away CNBC reported.

What made this particular diversion unusual is that the aircraft was the world's largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, and the small and unassuming airport was able to land Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet.

The Airbus A380 has a 262-foot wingspan, much larger than the typical domestic A320s and Boeing 737s that typically grace smaller airports. Stewart International's runway, at 11,817 feet, is large enough for the plane, which needs a bit more than 5,000 feet to comfortably land (though more to take off).

Even with a sufficient runway, the terminal isn't designed to handle a plane as tall as the A380. Passengers had to wait for stairs to be set up to exit the plane.

Singapore Airlines arranged transportation for the 325 passengers, a spokesperson told CNBC, and the plane itself is scheduled for a short flight back to JFK before heading to Germany.

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