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DL 369 - MGA To ATL - Diverted Back To ATL  
User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

I am currently sitting at MGA waiting to depart for ATL on DL 370. We have been delayed from 1:15p to 5:00p (which I still don't even believe that). When I pulled up DL 369 to see if it had departed, what struck me is that the flight actually took off on time, only to get to South Florida and return all the way back to Hartsfield.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/D...9/history/20110830/1410Z/KATL/KATL

Anyone know what is going on? I am more just curious than anything else. These things happen.

Also, why not divert to MIA?


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User currently offlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5304 times:

Quoting suseJ772 (Thread starter):
Also, why not divert to MIA?

Unless it is a medical or real safety issue, better to go back to home base where you have spare aircraft and the capacity to fix it with with your own parts and mechanics.

BTW, how is this flight doing LF wise?



When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.
User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 1):
Unless it is a medical or real safety issue, better to go back to home base where you have spare aircraft and the capacity to fix it with with your own parts and mechanics.

Make sense, but if it isn't a "REAL" safety issue, wouldn't it be a quick fix at a pretty major base like MIA.

My only emergency landing was ATL to FWA and we diverted to EVV - even there they could find a mechanic on a Friday night nonetheless to fix the APU oil pressure issue that resulted from severe turbulence. It just strikes me as odd that with DL 369 it wasn't THAT much of a emergency that they could fly two hours back, but it was too much of an emergency to not fly two hours forward and then return.

But like I said, more just curious than anything else. I have got free WiFi, a laptop full of movies and TV shows, and I am pretty sure I'll be the calmest out of everyone here   

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 1):
BTW, how is this flight doing LF wise?

Not sure what LF means? Are you asking about the loads? My flight down had 20 people on it (which was nice for me, but not good for DL I imagine). This flight looks a bit more full, but still, maybe 30 or 40 people in the area.



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User currently offlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5243 times:

Quoting suseJ772 (Reply 2):
Not sure what LF means? Are you asking about the loads? My flight down had 20 people on it (which was nice for me, but not good for DL I imagine). This flight looks a bit more full, but still, maybe 30 or 40 people in the area.

Assume that you are on a 73G....with 40 people that can't be good.



When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No-one has ever collided with the sky.
User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 3):
Assume that you are on a 73G....with 40 people that can't be good.

Yep. But supposedly the Friday - Monday flights have higher loads according to people I knew who have flown on those days. My flights were Tuesday/Thursday flights. Which I imagine they have cargo revenue as well, but who knows. Either way, I doubt it is a route that is printing money.



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5197 times:

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 3):
Assume that you are on a 73G....with 40 people that can't be good.

A 738 actually. About 90 people are booked on the flight today, not 40. how many show up and get on the plane is a different story.

As to whay it went back to Atlanta, there are a myrid of reasons as to why they would do this. Even with a "minor fix" as we may call it and it would seem to make sense to divert to MIA where you could use a contractor, it's still much easier to get back to your base. If things go south, they will have a spare a/c available to operate the flight.



What gets measured gets done.
User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 5):
A 738 actually. About 90 people are booked on the flight today, not 40. how many show up and get on the plane is a different story.

That's about right. More have showed up since I first posted. It doesn't look like 90 yet, but who knows what bar everyone is "waiting out" the delay   

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 5):
As to whay it went back to Atlanta, there are a myrid of reasons as to why they would do this.

Figured. Just curious as to what this actual reason was in this case.



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 925 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

The aircraft has pushed out of ATL and its new arrival time is 16:57 Gate 3 in MGA. It looks like it only has a handful of pax on board. It is ship N3736C. I flew her this year from SKB-ATL. If I remember correctly she did not have AVOD just overhead screens but that was back in April. Hope they comp you some drinks! Safe travels!  


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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

Check your PM Andrew


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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5084 times:

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 7):
If I remember correctly she did not have AVOD just overhead screens but that was back in April. Hope they comp you some drinks! Safe travels!

No AVOD.



What gets measured gets done.
User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5067 times:

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 7):
If I remember correctly she did not have AVOD just overhead screens but that was back in April.

I was afraid of that! I love Delta's AVOD system on the 738s. Ohh well. I am not a big pusher for comps, I never really see how this is the airline's fault. Stuff just happens sometimes. Thanks for the info though.

Anyone still have any info as to what caused the initial divert?



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User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5043 times:

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 8):
Check your PM Andrew

Thanks. Never got a PM before.

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 8):
No AVOD.

Bummer. But no worries.



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 925 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5041 times:

Sorry not sure? She completed two roundtrips back to back to UVF and then spent the night in ATL. I believe that this is indeed the same aircraft that started the day. I may be wrong but it appears to have overnighted at E15.


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User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5007 times:

Ha! I found this hilarious!

Apparently N3736C has got some crazy endurance and ceiling capabilities   



EDIT: Due to the compression, you can quite make it out as well, but it says the altitude is 102,600 feet (or FL102?  wink  ) and the Time in Flight is 365,203 hours and 24 minutes.

[Edited 2011-08-30 12:41:23]


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User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1359 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

Thread title is confusing "DL 369 - MGA To ATL - Diverted Back To ATL"

Why would a flight TO ATL be considered a diversion if it lands at the airport it is traveling to? But DL 369 is actually travelling ATL to MGA.


User currently offlinesuseJ772 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 815 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4845 times:

Quoting ADent (Reply 14):
Why would a flight TO ATL be considered a diversion if it lands at the airport it is traveling to? But DL 369 is actually travelling ATL to MGA.

Ha! Wow. It's been a long week. My bad. I meant to say ATL to MGA. I don't think I can change it, but if a mod sees it, feel free to do so   



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User currently offlineFLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

suseJ772

No worries at all. I think we all were able to tell you meant ATL-MGA in your initial post.


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4475 times:

Quoting FLYjoe (Reply 16):
No worries at all. I think we all were able to tell you meant ATL-MGA in your initial post.

Exactly, either ADent was making a joke or he is a total je*k.

Either way, I am shocked that the flights to MGA are so "empty"  Wow! I used to fly ATL-SJO and viceversa and the flights were very full (it was a 752). Interesting

Hope that by now you are safely in ATL  

Cheers!
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
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