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What Happened With DAL1047 (N659DL) Tonight?  
User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

I flew on NK flight 347 from LGA-MYR and, as we pushed back at approx 6:14pm, I noticed Delta flight 1047 (6pm departure to ATL) N659DL (SkyTeam livery 757-200) was in line for takeoff in front of Terminal B for about 10 minutes. There were numerous taxi delays due to a wind shift causing them to change runways. That caused us (the NK flight) to be #25 for takeoff (!), while the DL flight was #22 for takeoff. As we were inching closer to the runway, N659DL turned onto the runway and taxied off of it, returning to the gate. No I see that it finally left again at 9:01pm.

So my question is, why would it return to the gate especially after waiting 1.05 hours and becoming #2 for departure?

Any info is greatly appreciated!  Smile

[Edited 2012-12-06 21:29:30]

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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4181 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

Probably burned through too much gas waiting and had to go get more fuel.


Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 1):

I had thought that, but I thought they would've factored something like this into the fuel estimates. Guess I was wrong, thanks!  


User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4181 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3000 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 2):
I had thought that, but I thought they would've factored something like this into the fuel estimates. Guess I was wrong, thanks!  

We do, but sometimes things don't work out.  

However, in looking at your timeline (I didn't see that they finally left at 2100)- it was much more likely to be a mechanical issue.



Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

Quoting XFSUgimpLB41X (Reply 3):

Seems more likely to e a mechanical issue than anything, as I would think they'd noticed the low fuel levels before they got to be next in line for takeoff.


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