Tackleberry970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 67 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1683 times:
After work, I stopped by the viewing area at GRR. Just landed was 825UA and she taxied to a remote stand away from the terminal. This was odd since there were only 3 gates in use at the time. It was about 3:35PM local time.
After the marshaller parked the aircraft, he pulled up a set of stairs. After opening the door, I only saw a single uniformed crew member do a quick walk around, and a person in white shorts and a white t-shirt standing by the entry door and the cockpit. They took on fuel and were off again, departing to the east. I am not sure if the casual attire was worn by the co-pilot or not, there were no passengers observed.
Obviously, this was a ferry flight...but anyone have any idea of why and to where? It was odd as GRR isn't normally a host like this.
UALGSO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1638 times:
Sounds like fuel diversion headed to ORD, not at work today so I can't say for sure. We generally will get diversions like this for CLT and they just get fuel and are on there way. Always a big deal in the late evening as some crews are close to going over there alloted time for the day, and opening the door would cause them to go illegal.
Tackleberry970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1630 times:
They had the forward cabin door open for about 45 minutes. There were no passengers that I could see. No movement onboard except for the person in the shorts and the pilot who did the walk around.
There was never more then one local ramp agent near the aircraft and all he did was marshall the aircraft to a stop, placed the airstairs, entered the aircraft at the start and finish of the stop and then pulled the stairs away and drove off. Once the aircraft was ready to taxi and cleared to leave, the aircraft made its own way from where it was stopped. No one was even around for engine start up.
That's why I figured it was a ferry flight and was curious of why and to where. Too new of an aircraft for storage in the desert.