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AA 431 MIA-SFO Diverts  
User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

AA 431 flying MIA-SFO diverted to TUS this morning. It arrived at 10 AM and is scheduled to leave TUS for SFO in a few minutes at 10:40 AM. With such a short stop it is probably a medical diversion right?

When I saw the 757 fly overhead I thought it was a substitution for one of our DFW or ORD flights. Alas, not today.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL431

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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

I would have thought that a MIA-SFO flight would be routed up over the Four Corners area versus the TUS area. The 757 is not normally weight-restricted, and it makes me wonder if it might not have been a MEL-related restriction that made MIA-TUS doable but not MIA-SFO.

User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
I would have thought that a MIA-SFO flight would be routed up over the Four Corners area versus the TUS area.

It looks like AA routes all of their MIA-SFO flights over ELP and Blythe according to the FlightAware routing. Holding up a piece of paper on a map I get that a straight shot from MIA-SFO goes nearly over LAS, so I guess AA uses a more southern route.


User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6194 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

The routing varies with the winds aloft like almost every flight plan does.I have infact seen MIA-SFO flown farther north pending winds. But this time of year they stay farther south to avoid headwinds. Flight planning 101. I imagine the diverstion was medical related or some kind of passenger issue.

ASLAX



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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Quoting AS739X (Reply 3):
The routing varies with the winds aloft like almost every flight plan does.I have infact seen MIA-SFO flown farther north pending winds. But this time of year they stay farther south to avoid headwinds. Flight planning 101. I imagine the diverstion was medical related or some kind of passenger issue.

Our HOU-OAK goes north via J86 and comes in over OAL, which is why I assumed north was still the pref route. The jetstream isn't much of a factor today (coming onshore in the Pac NW), and what I should have done was just look at his original filing under the MIA-SFO. Our PHX-OAK and PHX-SJC flights also go via BXK PMD, although they used to go north via OAL as well.


User currently offlineAAL0616 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 272 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

This was a fairly uncommon routing due to recent winds aloft. However, MIA-SFO trips can vary greatly. I have had trips fly westbound MIA north up to TLH, MEM and DEN due to conditions or, as in this example, southerly trips out over IAH and ELP.

Most of the time, MIA-SFO westbound does fly a more "northerly" route, that is, overflying MSY-DFW-ABQ (or) LAS, based upon the prevailing conditions, although more southerly westbound routings do occur such as this example. It is nice to have the southerly trips for a change of pace but they can take a bit longer. It can be more common for a southerly clearance on eastbound flights out of SFO, wherein you use the SIDs south as if flying to the SoCal area and then turning east and following a sort of LAX-MIA routing. In any case, all the LAX west/east trips depart/arrive MIA generally like the SFO flights when they transit Florida and the Gulf until offshore Louisiana on the Q100-Q105 SRQ-REDFN "freeway", diverging there where the SFO trips head up overhead DFW and the LAX trips continue out over IAH and AUS, thence ELP, etc. The LAX trips vary more than the SFO trips when they pass Arizona simply because of all the various STAR options for LAX and SoCal airspace, but those still involve fairly similar routing.

A "normal" MIA-SFO routing might be something like this:

WINCO1 WINCO J616 LBV SRQ Q100 REDFN
Q105 HRV J58 FUZ TXO FTI J58 RSK J58 MLF
MLF263120 RUMPS OAL MOD3

A "normal" northerly SFO-MIA eastbound trip might look like this:

SFO8 SFO LIN JSICA ILC BCE RSK J58 FTI
TXO FUZ J58 HRV Q105 BLVNS Q102 CYY
DEEDS1


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