Would thunderstorms warrant such a dismal diversion? Seems like the aircraft is set to return to Calgary very shortly. Hmmm a 773 on such a short flight, I wonder if the 773 has ever been to YEG before?
MEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1100 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7291 times:
yes, the 777-300 has been to YEG, in fact a few times. It operated YHZ-YWG-YEG as a roadshow presentation to employees shortly after delivery. I believe it also operated YVR-YEG-YYC-YVR to help clean up the mess after a crippling series of snowstorms in Vancouver a few years ago. Earlier this winter the 77W operated YYZ-YEG-YYZ as a consolidator flight when one narrowbody flight ended up cancelling.
C172Akula From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1010 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6688 times:
I think the diversion was warranted, we had a real nasty thunderstorm roll through here right before this flight and the Frankfurt flight were due to arrive. Perhaps they were thinking the delay at YYC would have been longer? There were no arrivals for probably 30 minutes or so until they started landing again.
longhauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5162 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6602 times:
Quoting C172Akula (Reply 3): There were no arrivals for probably 30 minutes or so until they started landing again.
It also depends on where you are in the arrival stack. I have had ATC say to us that we are "number 12 in line, so once things open up, you can expect arrival 30 minutes later".
With information like that, you can make your game plan and go to your alternate even though you are not on "minimum fuel" .... knowing that even if things did open right away, you still wouldn't have fuel to hold.
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