Tcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3142 times:
As I was preparing to board my CO flight to IAH at ~3:40 pm, I noticed the crash trucks (3 of them) dispatched...I am a firefighter and recognize an IFE when I see it...not to mention I soon got a page that there was an alert II with the AA MD80 running low on fuel landing 17L. My question is...why would an AA MD80 inbound to AUS (I presume not a diversion) be low on fuel...it's not like they are doing transcons or anything...oversight...fueling discrepancy...turbulence? I think AA only flies S80's from LAX, ORD and DFW to AUS...none of those should be significantly weight-restricted to require this kind of emergency...priority in landing due to late?
Your thoughts...and I stand by with a fire extinguisher in case I get flamed...not trying to criticize, just really curious. I know in the USAF, O-4's and up would declare IFE's for priority landing...
Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3112 times:
Perhaps either incorrect calculations, or there was a stronger than anticipated headwind at altitude that caused the flight to take much longer than originally expected. Maybe it came from an airport where there were long delays on the ground and the engines were kept running as well. Im not sure, just my .02!
Tcfc424 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3060 times:
After digging into the AA timetable, I think I have it narrowed down to either AA 731 from DFW due at 3:27 pm or AA2041 from ORD due at 3:08 pm...I think there were some probs in ORD that day...sooooo. Anyone have any info?